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James Blood Ulmer solo

22.7.2010 >> Otava Factory


Imagine a joining of Ornette Coleman and Robert Pete Williams with a dose of p-funk, and you have an inkling of how this manís blues sounds. Itís intense, charismatic and doesnít much follow the rulebook. When the 60ís turned into the 70ís, Blood played with Art Blakey, Paul Bley, Rashied Ali and Larry Young, but most important was his post as Ornetteís first guitar player. From Coleman he learned the harmolodic way of playing that combined the principles of African music and free jazz. In the 80ís Ulmer founded the Music Revelation Ensemble with David Murray and Shannon Jackson. Julius Hemphill, Arthur Blythe and Sam Rivers also participated at various stages. The Phalanx he co-led with saxist George Adams, while Odyssey was a trio with violinist Charles Burnham and drummer Warren Benbow.

Having been marinated in the Baptist churches of South Carolina, Blood had a sense of blues in his music even in his most way-out periods, but lately he has let it come to the surface on the albums that Living Colourís Vernon Reid produced. Recently Memphis Blood and Bad Blood In The City, dealing with New Orleans post-Katrina low-down, have been named as the new millenniumís most vital blues albums, but itís album Birthright that presents Blood alone with the blues.

  • Ulmer James, guitar

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