David Murray: fo deuk Revue

In his notes Murray states that his purpose is to “fuse ancient music with music of the future,” and also mentions that his life “has been a stairway to what I believe will be my most significant achievement; to be the leader of fo deuk Revue,” which is described in the notes as “the meshing of African and jazz cultures.” Here this results in a synthesis of vocal and instrumental music including rap and R&B by a group of African and African-American artists recorded in Dakar, Senegal. Instrumental work, singing, rapping and poetry reading occur over polyrhythmic accompaniment. The genre blending works smoothly; all of the tracks have something to recommend them. Murray contributes fine tenor sax work, pulling together a number of influences in the process.