Perhaps realizing that there really wasn't much more than an electric guitarist separating the Gwo-Ka Masters' funky group improvisational getdowns from what was happening on the jam band circuit, David Murray shrewdly bolstered his lineup with two well-amped six-string slingers. Their aggressive polyrhythmic interplay on Gwotet transforms the orchestra's once rootsy African/Caribbean mash-ups into blistering zouk workouts, as significant a conceptual leap as Miles Davis's Bitches Brew was from Filles De Kilimanjaro. The soulful skree of Pharoah Sanders provides the logical link between the acoustic sizzle and electrified scorch. Deeply mystical and righteously raging - chalk another one up for our man in Paris.
David Murray and the Gwo-Ka Masters play a free show at Harbourfront Centre Saturday (July 3).