Jean-Paul Bourelly: "We are relevant again".
Interview - Head of "Livres du Soir"
By Jean-Claude Vantroyen
Published on 29/03/2022
With a name like his, you'd expect Jean-Paul Bourelly to be French, or at least speak it. But no, the guitarist is American: he was born in 1960 in Chicago, but his father was Haitian, hence his surname.
As soon as he heard Jimi Hendrix, Jean-Paul wanted to be a guitarist. He became one, and a famous one at that. As soon as he heard Charlie Parker, he wanted to play jazz. Today he mixes jazz, blues, and rock with his Haitian heritage and African rhythms. An explosive mix, he has played with McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Archie Shepp, Cassandra Wilson, and Amandla's Miles Davis. And now he can be heard on 'Masters of mud', his track on the album Black Lives. Bourelly lives between Berlin and Washington. But he was in Zurich for this interview via Zoom.