Jean-Paul Bourelly

Jean-Paul Bourelly

Also known as Bourelly, J. P. Bourelly, J.B.Bourelly, J.P. Bourelly, Jean Claude Bourelly, Jean Paul Bourelly
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Discography of Jean-Paul Bourelly:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Jungle Cowboy 10 Audio 1987 JMT Productions
2 Trance Atlantic (Boom Bop II) 13 Audio 2001 Double Moon Records
3 Boom Bop 10 Audio 2000 Jazz Magnet Records
4 Trippin' 11 Audio 1992 Enemy Records
5 Trippin' 13 Audio 1992 Polydor K.K.
6 Jungle Cowboy 10 Audio 1987 JMT Productions
7 Live! Fade To Cacophony 9 Audio 1995 DIW Records
8 Rock The Cathartic Spirits: Vibe Music And The Blues! 10 Audio 1996 DIW Records
9 Vibe Music 13 Audio 1999 PAO Records
10 Mag Five 7 Audio 1998 PAO Records
11 Freedom 7 Audio 2002 Not On Label
12 News From A Darked Out Room 12 Audio 2006 phonector
13 CutMotion 12 Audio 2007 JPGotMangos
14 Brotherzone 10 Audio 1999 P-Vine Records
15 Jungle Cowboy 10 Audio 2001 Winter & Winter
16 Live! Fade To Cacophony 12 Audio 1995 4-Tune Records
17 Boom Bop 10 Audio 2000 PAO Records
18 Freedom 7 Audio 2002 JazzSick Records

Jean-Paul Bourelly, guitarist and innovative musician was born in Chicago. The founder and label owner of

[l=JPGotMangos] has always strived toward new musical territory in his group’s collaborations, recordings and underground experimentations. “I always felt that the guitar was not just a rock & roll instrument but a channel in which I could breath out all my life experiences.”

Bourelly is most notable for his distinctively thick guitar sound and a penchant for mixing and bending styles ranging from funk, rock, jazz to atmospheric and psychedelic. He expresses himself frequently through different formations in order for him to explore his vast musical visions.

Bourelly formed the group 3kings, a power trio, focusing on guitar heavy jam band performances. Performed at various festivals and venues throughout Europe such as the MIMI festival (Marseille, France 2008).

Recently, Bourelly also formed the group Citizen X featuring vocalist and poet [a=Sadiq Bey], bassist [a=Reggie Washington] and drummer [a334800] and a most recently developing a multi directional blues project featuring singer [a=Dean Bowman] entitled Blues Bandits.

[i]“The move to Europe gave me some distance from the marketing chatter of the streets of New York. It got me free of all the categories and allowed me to hear my inner voice. I learned to listen more and I feel my music became more of the world.”[/i]

Upon his arrival in Europe he founded African Boom Bop, featuring griot/singer [a=Abdourahmane Diop] with percussionist [a=Mino Cinelu]. He later started the Backroom project in Berlin’s House of World Cultures in 1999. By 2004 he was curator and musician for the Black Atlantic project at House of World Cultures.

While living in New York, Jean-Paul Bourelly established his first group the BluWave Bandits that featured [a=Alfredo Alias] (drums) [a=Melvin Gibbs] (bass) and Kundalini [a=Mark Batson on keyboards. During that period he appeared with musicians ranging from [a=Elvin Jones], [a=Roy Haynes] and [a=Pharoah Sanders] to [a=Vernon Reid], [a=Mark Ribot], [a=Steve Coleman] and [a=Muhal Richard Abrams] in the period from 1979 to 1994.

Others concert appearances include performances with percussion masters [a=Dou Dou N'Diaye Rose], [a=Palgut Ragu], saxophone great [a=Archie Shepp], producer [a=Kip Hanrahan] and many others.

Originally Bourelly grew up in Chicago, where he played in local Haitian bands and jam sessions under the guidance of saxophonists [a=Von Freeman] and studied with [a=Bunky Green].

Other groups he founded:

The Sheba Project (Ethiopian blues)

Gypsys Reloaded (Homage to the [a=Band of Gypsys]) featured [a=Cindy Blackman] and [a=Clavin Weston] on drums and [a=Melvin Gibb]s on bass.

Vibe music trio with [a=T.M. Stevens] (bass) and [a=John Blackwell] (drums)

and another version with [a=Félix Sabal-Lecco] on drums.

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