A very unusual slice of work from guitarist James Blood Ulmer
– material originally recorded in the late 70s in New York, but not issued until more than a decade later – making for a real revelation of Ulmer
's early years as a leader! The tracks are all long and open, but have a different sound than some of James
' better known records from a few years later – grooves that definitely show Ulmer
's freewheeling approach to the guitar, but in ways that aren't trying as hard to enforce his identity, showing some surprising strong links to other jazz guitar modes! The balance is a bit hard to describe in words, but it's there – and the record's a great one if you only think of James
as a guitarist capable of noisy or arty moments. The other players really help the feel of the record – and include George Adams on reeds, Cecil McBee on bass, and Doug Hammond on drums. Titles include "Revealing", "Raw Groove", "Overtime", and "Love Nest".