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Bushman’s Revenge are a jazz band who have often looked like a rock band, but Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen has them moving back towards the roots of the music they love: there are versions of pieces by Albert Ayler and McCoy Tyner here. Although some fairly gnarly electric blues guitar solos find their way in as well. Out on Rune Grammofon.

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Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen by Bushman's Revenge
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 September 2016

We must jazz. That is largely the jist of what the collective membership of Bushman’s Revenge came out of their band meeting with before ‘Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen’, which sees their charged guitars try their best to shift away from their rock love a bit and back into the shape of their beloved genre. This record opens with a statement of intent in “Contemplation”, a distorted, riffed-up take on legendary pianist Tynor McCoy’s tune (recorded just after his departure from John Coltrane’s quartet) and goes on to tackle “Angels”, originally by avant mister Albert Ayler. While bluesy and plenty rocked, this record is clear on its inspirations.

It’s also very Rune Grammofon. This kind of heavily-distorted, extremely gnarly jazz comes about from one label only, and Bushman’s Revenge fit it perfectly, creating a largely low-key but extremely bitter tasting jam session. The rhythm section smooth out the pores that come from the largely wandering, often fracturing guitar solos. The long-windedness is of course conclusive in some real short banner moments, as on “0500”, which finds a sweet spot around four minutes in where the band all sound like newly charged batteries, the fills emphasised and the guitar chasing scales up and down and side to side. “Gamle Plata til Arne” has a lovely hissing crunch to it, pre-establishing a sublime atmosphere on a soft bed of percussion for the band to sleepily blow out on.

There’s enough to catch your attention here, in each which way: the comparative smoothness of “Lola Mit Dem Gorgonzola”, which trades the kind of soft rhythmic poise of Kenny Dorham with lovely flickers of guitar, is a total knockout, a gorgeous surprise at the end of a weird and great set of tunes. Oh yay.



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