Tag Archives: James Blood Ulmer

JAYNE CORTEZ:
KNOW YOUR REALITY (1934-2013)

We admit it: We’re not generally fans of jazz poetry. The stuff tends to deserve the bad rap it gets. However, the work of Jayne Cortez is a blazing exception. With the help of George Scala, we’ve put together this… Continue reading

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Bloodied; Unbowed

BLUES DON’T FAIL ME NOW James “Blood” Ulmero Eye Level b/w Blues Don’t Fail Me Now Rough Trade : 1984 JBU, guitar, vocals; Sean Oliver, bass; Bruce Smith, drums. CJC: Ah, the Eighties. DLD: Yep. This one was produced by… Continue reading

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Back to Black (Arthur)

ILLUSIONS CARESPIN’ WITH MAMIE Arthur Blythe Illusions Columbia : 1980 AB, alto sax; James Blood Ulmer, guitar; Bob Stewart, tuba; Abdul Wadud, cello; Bobby Battle, drums. How in the world are we just now getting to our first proper Arthur… Continue reading

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SUMMER RE-UP #2: Interstellar Overdrive

Originally posted 11 April 2007 KHALID OF SPACE, PART TWO: WELCOME Larry Young Lawrence of Newark Perception : 1973 CD Universe / iTunes [seemingly out of print again] LY, organ, bongos, vocals; Pharoah Sanders [credited as 'Mystery Guest'], saxophones and… Continue reading

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Meet on the Ledge

SARANA Ray Russell Rites & Rituals Columbia : 1971 RR, guitar; Tony Roberts, reeds; Harry Beckett, flugelhorn; Nick Evans, trombone; Daryl Runswick, bass; Alan Rushton, drums. We’re not big fans of traditional jazz guitar. To our ears there’s something neutered… Continue reading

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Choreography

IOLA BELLY BUTTON THE ART OF LEVITATION Ronald Shannon Jackson and The Decoding Society Man Dance Antilles : 1982 RSJ, drums; Vernon Reid, electric guitar and banjo; Henry Scott, trumpet and flugelhorn; Zane Massey, saxophones; Melvin Gibbs, electric bass; Reverend Bruce Johnson,… Continue reading

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