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James Blood Ulmer

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4.64 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Church 4:54
2. Little Red House 4:45
3. Love Dance 5:05
4. Are You Glad To Be In America? 3:40
5. Election 3:26
6. Odyssey 5:01
7. Please Tell Her 4:10
8. Swing & Things 4:32

Line-up / Musicians

Drums - Warren Benbow
Guitar, Vocals, Producer - James Blood Ulmer
Violin - Charles Burnham

Releases information

Recorded March-May 1983 at The Power Station, NYC

LP: CBS 25602 (UK/Holland),

CD: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) SRCS 7186 (1995),Legacy CK 64934 (Japan, 1996),Columbia, 01-485101-10 (Austria,1996),Sony Records SRCS 9375 (Japan, 1998, remastered)

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JAMES BLOOD ULMER Odyssey ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by admireArt
5 stars Great to find James Blood Ulmer included in this prog page. This record moves towards and has all the best elements of Jazz that are so close to Prog, as to become invisible borders.

For newcomers JBU sounds like JBU. No latin or world jazz fusions, closer to old traditional blues standards, his language in composition makes no compromises to this school nor other.

His approach is completely free of cliches, in fact it is quiet wild, BUT, not funky at all. Intelligent songs performed tightlly by an interesting bass-less trio, violin, drums and the virtuous JBU's electric guitars and mystically subversive vocals.

This album is completely progressive contemporary Jazz/Rock/Blues do not mistake its "fusion" intentions. In fact, if the" Post/Jazz-Rock" tagging was available, ODYSSEY will fit in perfectly.

So as mentioned do not expect, Mahavishnu, Chick Corea, O. Coleman or even Miles kind of prog/jazz . Odyssey stands alone, closer if need to compare to, with Hendrix songwriting, without the funk (and bass player), but with all the prog-fury and gentleness required. The comparison comes in quiet handy considering JBU's guitar playing skills but JBU musical language is his own and no oene else´s.

Highly recommendable for any prog enthusias., It trascends its own roots to become a any prog follower great acquisition.

*****5 "flawless" PA stars!

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