A one-of-a-kind sound. Supposedly Hemphill’s own Blue Boyé is similar, but I haven’t heard that to compare. The closest music to this I can think of is that of Anthony Braxton, but this is less cerebral and more down-to-Earth. Roi Boyé & the Gotham Minstrels is billed as an “audiodrama”. That’s a good term for it. The music melds a flamboyant dramatic sense from musical theater and vaudeville with the techniques and improvisational choices of free jazz, tinged just slightly with blues and R&B influences. The only performer is Julius Hemphill himself, overdubbed, on saxophone and flute, with some occasional spoken word vocals. The theatrical aspects of this help hold it together, despite a few moments perhaps where meandering “double album syndrome” threatens.