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  • Audio CD (May 27, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Disk Union
  • ASIN: B000059NZ1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Layout
2. Pressure
3. Interview
4. Jazz Is the Teacher (Funk the Preacher)
5. See-Through
6. Time Out
7. T.V. Blues
8. Light Fyed
9. Revelattion March
10. Are You Gald to Be in America?

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Guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer has been heard in many contexts, covering Ornette Coleman on the fantastic, muted Music Speaks Louder Than Words, playing gritty soul blues on the aptly monikered Forbidden Blues. But this 1980 set captures Ulmer in all his glory. When hearing this, there's no doubt why Coleman was such a fan. Ulmer compresses the dual rhythms of drummers Ronald Shannon Jackson and G. Calvin Weston just as Coleman has done with his own Prime Time. Here, you also get compressed dual horns, blown alternately by David Murray and Oliver Lake or Murray and Olu Dara. They play strong melodies, a couple of them coming across as faux marches, with Ulmer string-bending his way between notes and then clustering his way through melodies. Murray plays up to the task more than anyone here, squawking and honking as if he fully grasped Ulmer's vortex-like view of jazz, blues, and all points in between. This is crucial work for the guitarist and for jazz in the post-1960s era. --Andrew Bartlett

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Hodges on November 19, 2012
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There seems to be a peak moment in most artists' recordings where it all comes together: where the artist still has yet to fall into a formula, where the power of youth meets maturity of expression, where the speakers ooze the excitement of original creation. The Stones' "Exile on Main Street", the Duke Ellington orchestra during the Blanton/Webster era, the Miles Davis & John Coltrane alliance come to mind.

This 1978 recording was made a couple of years after the classic "Tales of Captain Black" with Ornette Coleman. By '78, JBU had absorbed and applied the Harmolodic Principle laid down by his mentor, and was beginning to incorporate his roadhouse rock, church, and blues influences from his early career. All of these elements come together in a perfectly balanced and blended fashion. He would go on to emphasize each of these elements in his later projects, Third Rail for funk, Blues Experience for R&B, Music Revelation Ensemble for free jazz, and some strictly blues releases. For this amalgam, he gathered an awesome all-star cast, many of whom would work with his smaller ensembles, into his biggest band: Amin Ali on bass, Ronald Shannon Jackson & Grant Calvin Weston (either of whom can kick up a percussive storm by themselves) on drums, Olu Dara on cornet, Oliver Lake on alto, and David Murray on tenor. Wow!

Hard to describe this music to the uninitiated; its truly unique. If you have a few of Blood offerings already, your going to feel quite at home with the sound, and might be encouraged to seek some Blood of a different type from the category your familiar with.

DIW (Japan) has done us a great service in resurrecting this long out of print CD. The sound quality, typical of DIW, is scary good. All the better to hear the details, my dear.
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