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Radio & Podcasts

Off Da Hook – Or, You Got Rock in My Jazz

Read "Off Da Hook – Or, You Got Rock in My Jazz" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


We all know about fusion--the (sometime unholy) union of jazz and rock that tried to find a new audience for instrumentalists in the 1970s. But there have always been, well, odder experiments with electricity in jazz, more like intrusions of the rock world than integrations, and we look at four rather varied examples in this here podcast. Running the gamut from harmolodic blues-slinger to fusion axe-hero to... Herbie Mann?--these artists let the guitar off da hook and, possibly, into your ...

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In Pictures

James Blood Ulmer trio at the 2018 GetCloser Festival

Read "James Blood Ulmer trio at the 2018 GetCloser Festival" reviewed by Roberto Cifarelli


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Live Review

James Blood Ulmer and the Thing at Bochum Art Museum

Read "James Blood Ulmer and the Thing at Bochum Art Museum" reviewed 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 ...

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Album Review

James Blood Ulmer: Baby Talk

Read "Baby Talk" reviewed 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 ...

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Live From New York

James Blood Ulmer, Bill Laswell, Ty Segall, Richard Thompson & Method Of Defiance

Read "James Blood Ulmer, Bill Laswell, Ty Segall, Richard Thompson & Method Of Defiance" reviewed 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 ...

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Album Review

James Blood Ulmer: In And Out

Read "In And Out" reviewed 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 ...

Album Review

James Blood Ulmer: In and Out

Read "In and Out" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Per questo ottimo album registrato in Germania nell'agosto del 2008 il chitarrista americano James Blood Ulmer sceglie la formula del power trio cara a Jimi Hendrix: chitarra, basso e batteria. Semplice, diretta, lineare. Difficile sbagliare, facile cadere nella routine. Ma questo pericolo viene scansato abilmente dalla vena creativa del sessantasettenne musicista che ha percorso un tracciato davvero originale che lo ha portato dal free jazz (al fianco di Ornette Coleman nella seconda metà degli anni settanta) alla riscoperta del blues ...


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