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Odyssey the Band: Back In Time (Pi Recordings)


 

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UPC: 808713001822

Label: Pi Recordings
Catalog ID: PI 18
Squidco Product Code: 5765

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Personnel:

James Blood Ulmer-guitar

Charles Burnham-violin

Warren Benbow-drums

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track listing:


1. Last One 4:40

2. Open Doors 6:11

3. Happy Time 5:52

4. Little Red House 5:16

5. Water Tree 5:29

6. Love Nest 5:18

7. Woman Coming 5:45

8. Channel One 7:08

9. Let's Get Married 5:11

10. Free For Three 4:28
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"Back In Time marks the band's first return to the recording studio since 1983 when it was formed to record Ulmer's landmark album Odyssey on Columbia. That album, which many consider to be one of the finest jazz releases of the past quarter century, remains perhaps Blood's seminal work. Odyssey plays diatonic Harmolodic music, based on Ornette Coleman's musical system in which harmony is free from the dictates of chord changes. Blood's signature use of unison tuning on his guitar and his unusual rhythmic sense makes him one of the few instrumentalists with his own instantly identifiable sound. "-Pi Recordings

Artist Biographies:

"James "Blood" Ulmer (born February 2 or 8, 1940) is an American jazz, free funk and blues guitarist and singer. Ulmer plays a Gibson Byrdland guitar. His distinctive guitar sound has been described as "jagged" and "stinging". Ulmer's singing has been called "raggedly soulful".

Willie James Ulmer was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina. He began his career playing with various soul jazz ensembles, first in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 19591964, and then in the Columbus, Ohio region, from 19641967. He first recorded with organist Hank Marr in 1964 (released 1967). After moving to New York in 1971, Ulmer played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Joe Henderson, Paul Bley, Rashied Ali and Larry Young.

In the early 1970s, Ulmer joined Ornette Coleman; he was the first electric guitarist to record and tour extensively with Coleman. He has credited Coleman as a major influence, and Coleman's strong reliance on electric guitar in his fusion-oriented recordings owes a distinct debt to Ulmer.

His appearance on Arthur Blythe's two consecutive Columbia albums, Lenox Avenue Breakdown and Illusions, was followed by Ulmer's signing to that label. That resulted in three albums: Free Lancing, Black Rock, and 1983's Odyssey, which was the inaugural release of his Odyssey The Band with drummer Warren Benbow and violinist Charles Burnham, a trio that has continued to perform and record to this day. It was described at the time as "avant-gutbucket", leading writer Bill Milkowski to describe the music as "conjuring images of Skip James and Albert Ayler jamming on the Mississippi Delta."

He formed a group called the Music Revelation Ensemble circa 1980, initially co-led with David Murray for the first decade, that lasted into the mid-90s. Later recorded incarnations of the group featured either Arthur Blythe, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders or John Zorn on saxophones. In the 1980s he co-led, with saxophonist George Adams, the Phalanx quartet.

Ulmer has recorded many albums as a leader, including a recent quartet of acclaimed blues-oriented records produced by Vernon Reid: Memphis Blood, No Escape from the Blues, Bad Blood in the City, and the solo guitar & vocals album Birthright.

Ulmer was a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.

In a 2005 Down Beat interview, Ulmer opined that guitar technique had not advanced since the death of Jimi Hendrix. He stated that technique could advance "if the guitar would stop following the piano," and indicated that he tunes all of his guitar strings to A.

In 2009, Ulmer started his own label, American Revelation, which has released four CDs to date; all are available only from his website, or at his shows.

In spring 2011, Ulmer joined saxophone luminary James Carter's organ trio as a special guest along with Nicholas Payton on trumpet for a six-night stand of performances at Blue Note New York."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blood_Ulmer)
11/15/2017

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