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Jean-Paul Bourelly with Archie Shepp and Henry Threadgill: Boom Bop

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After more than a decade of providing some of the most riveting post-Hendrix guitar arsenals this side of Eddie Hazel, and a multifaceted career that includes working with the likes of Miles Davis, Cassandra Wilson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Jean-Paul Bourelly is still roundly ignored in jazz-critic polls. Nevertheless, not being in the spotlight has its advantages, such as being able to follow one’s creative sprit. Witness Bourelly’s latest album, Boom Bop, where he collaborates with a handful of Senegalese percussionists as well as iconic saxophonists Henry Threadgill and Archie Shepp, resulting in a visceral album of Afro-psychedelia that’s as passionate as it is probing.

At first listening to Boom Bop, Bourelly’s dense chords and high-wired wails, and Reggie Washington or Big Royal Talamacus’ subatomic bass playing, seem too jarring alongside the protean polyrhythms and Abdourahmane Diop’s lead vocals. But the music begins to make ultimate sense with repeated listens.

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