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by Roberto Cifarelli
by Phillip Woolever
James Blood Ulmer and The Thing Bochum Art Museum Bochum, Germany April 8, 2018 Improvisational master guitarist Ulmer has played a number of varying, high quality shows around Germany in recent years, solidifying his reputation as a wide-ranging entertainer. Tonight's set was one of his best. A considerable contribution to the equation came courtesy of The Thing, that highly combustible Nordic noise trio featuring bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and sensational ...read more
by Mark Corroto
It was a predestined meeting. This collaboration between the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the band The Thing. Ulmer, who cut his teeth with the soul jazz organists Hank Marr, Larry Young and Big John Patton before collaborating with Ornette Coleman's electric free jazz/funk harmolodic music, expanded upon Coleman's ideas, incorporating rock music with players like Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Calvin Weston. His more recent work like Birthright (Hyena, 2005) and No Escape From The Blues: The ...read more
by Martin Longley
James Blood Ulmer/Bill Laswell/Adam Rudolph/Don McKenzie The Stone June 24, 2014 Bassist Bill Laswell's week-long residency at The Stone featured an enticing selection of combinations, not least this quartet, co-fronted with guitarist James Blood Ulmer. Also, the globally-adventuring percussionist Adam Rudolph connected with drummer Don McKenzie, the least well-known player here, who's worked with Vernon Reid, Elliott Sharp and Marc Ribot. The late set had the feel of a jamming session, as Ulmer ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
The title of this record is simultaneously a tip of the hat toward the record label which released it and an appropriate explanation of the music contained within. James Blood Ulmer's sound resides at the crossroads where Jimi Hendrix's blues-rock collides with Ornette Coleman's music; where gutsy blues songs meet the avant-garde. His voice bears some similarity to Hendrix's--with a little bit of Richie Havens' low end thrown in and a primordial blues delivery that's earth-shaking, brilliant, and increasingly expressive ...read more
by Chris M. Slawecki
"Blood wrote these songs that are the essence of the blues," suggests producer and guitarist Vernon Reid. They're politically incorrect, they're sad and haunting, they're pissed off and on an existential level, they address the complicated concept that is America, which is something Blood's been dealing with since the beginning of his career."
You might forgive a certain about of hyperbole from the producer, but even one listen to Bad Blood in the City proves that what Reid ...read more
by Troy Collins
Almost two years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Bad Blood In The City arrives. During its chaotic aftermath, Harmolodic guitarist and futuristic bluesman James Blood" Ulmer penned a number of tunes inspired by the events surrounding the disaster. Bolstered by a half dozen classic blues tunes, this concept record serves as a harrowing reminder of the tragedy.
Recorded at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans, Ulmer leads his seven-piece Memphis Blood Blues Band in a rough and ...read more