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Bushman’s Revenge: Thou Shalt Boogie!

by Richard Gehr on January 29, 2014

Hard rock pummel meets free jazz’s roiling, droning intensity in the cold-fusion power trio dynamics of Bushman’s Revenge, an Oslo, Norway revelation named after a particularly scorching South African hot sauce. Their seventh and best album, Thou Shalt Boogie! adds Hammond hammerer David Wallumrød to the original Bushman’s lineup of Even Helte Hermansen (guitar), Rune Nergaard (bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums), making comparisons to Tony Williams Lifetime classics irresistible. The meat of the Boogie! is found in two extended tracks: the thick cosmic drone of “Baklengs Inn I Fuglekassa,” in which Albert Ayler dances with Alice Coltrane, and “Kugeln und Kraut,” 14 minutes of transcendent trauma.

Authors: Richard Gehr
Artist: Bushman’s Revenge
Album: Thou Shalt Boogie!
Label: Rune Grammofon