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Jean-Paul Bourelly

  • Jungle Cowboy [JMT, 1987] B+
  • Tribute to Jimi [Koch, 1998] ***

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Jungle Cowboy [JMT, 1987]
Though there could be more flesh on the voice and more sass in the lyrics, Johnny Watson (with shades of Mose Allison, and, well, Blood Ulmer) isn't such a bad vocal model for a guitar player who wants to better himself. Nice Memphis Slim cover, too. And mostly, nice guitar-based jazz-rock, intense and funky, with sidemen from both sides of the synthesis and not a whiff of "fusion"--the kind of small gift that suggests the genre is good for bigger ones. B+

Tribute to Jimi [Koch, 1998]
Splitting the difference between jazz-rock and rock-jazz ("Electric Ladyland," "Who Knows/ Talkin' Bout My Baby"). ***