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James Blood Ulmer


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.35 | 8 ratings

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5 stars Wow!

It happened to me I first heard James album from 2003 with interesting, unusual vintage blues songs. I really liked his simple but personal guitar sounds and vocals there, but hardly imagine he could be avant garde jazz guitar player.

Then, when I found this, his very early album from late 70-s, I decided just to check it. Without too big expectation. And I must to say now I change my mind!

From very first sounds I understood - there is very different music from Ulmer's blues! OK, album's line-up included Ornette Coleman on sax and his son Denardo on drums, Prime Time's bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma as well. So - the music on this album was what could be expected from such musicians - free jazz. With Ulmer's electric guitar and funky feeling, but at the same time with some simplistic rhythm and structures. With late 70-s pre-punk NY downtown atmosphere. Amazing!

Most important, Ulmer brings to album's music some melodic elements and Hendrix' guitar atmosphere, what makes the great free form music slightly framed, more landed and simply complex at the same time. No filler - all compositions sound in their place. And such a great moment's atmosphere from studio album!

Yes, this album changed my minds about Ulmer's music. Very recommended to everyone interested in free funk roots, or any free jazz from late 70-s, you will find one great album there.

snobb | 5/5 |


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