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James Blood UlmerFreelancing ... CD
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A major label set, but one that stays very true to the new ideals that James Blood Ulmer was trying to bring to jazz guitar at the time – a really revolutionary style that moves beyond simple genre conventions, and embraces a whole world of new ideas that would inspire others in the decade to come! Ulmer plays with a real frenzy at points – deep currents that reflect the bluesy touches of his early work in jazz organ combos, but given a skittish energy that reflects his association with the downtown crowd – and which was very fitting for his record with Rough Trade! The core group here features James, bassist Amin Ali, and drummer G Calvin Weston – and some tracks feature work from David Murray on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Olu Dara on trumpet. Titles include "Timeless", "Pleasure Control", "Night Lover", "Happy Time", "Rush Hour", "Stand Up To Yourself", and "High Time". CD

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James Blood Ulmer/George Adams – PhalanxGot Something Good For You ... LP
Moers (Germany), 1985. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Features Ulmer on guitar, Adams on tenor, Amin Ali on bass, and Calvin Weston on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Arthur BlytheIllusions ... CD
Sony/Koch, 1980. Used ... $19.99
Maybe the boldest of Arthur Blythe's albums for Columbia Records – as the set bristles with newly creative energy right from the start, and provides a great showcase for some of the criss-crossings of styles and rhythms that were taking place on the New York scene at the time! The lineup alone announces something special – a cool combination of James Blood Ulmer on guitar, John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Steve McCall on drums – working together in some slight variations at times, often with these angular edges that are perfectly sharpened by Arthur's amazing work on alto sax. The music's never too free, but quite outside for a major label at the time – balanced out so that it's never overindulgent at all. Titles include "Bush Baby", "Miss Nancy", "My Son Ra", and "Carespin With Mamie". CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanSoapsuds Soapsuds ... LP
Artists House, 1979. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
One of Ornette's great albums for the obscure Artists House label, and different from the one that he recorded with James Blood Ulmer, which was more of a straight-on Harmelodic work. This one's got him playing a set of tender sensitive duets with bassist and longtime accompanyist Charlie Haden. The set's far from mellow, though, and the two of them work through a great set of material that includes "Sex Spy", "Soap Suds", and the theme to "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Cover has some wear.)

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Jon Eberson TrioBring It On ... CD
Jazzaway (Norway), 2006. Used ... $10.99
Noisy work from Norwegian guitarist Jon Eberson – a heady little trio set that comes across with the same sort of energy as his album for the Jazzland label! Eberson takes on a host of styles here, and wraps them into one that's all his own – a raspy-toned, fuzzy-haired, often-brooding approach to guitar – one that recalls the generation of James Blood Ulmer and Casper Brotzmann, but maybe also filtered through a Lee Renaldo sensibility as well. Other instrumentation includes bass and percussion – and titles include "Paperback", "Stunt Break", "Declarati", "Strange-Bars", "Bring It On", "Berg N Blues", and "The Branches Break" CD

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David MurrayChildren ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1985. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A richly complex set from David Murray – and a record that offers up a much wider range of moods than some of his other sessions from the time! Some numbers have an angular, almost aggressive groove – one that comes from the presence of group members James Blood Ulmer on guitar and Lonnie Plaxico on bass – but other moments are a bit more introspective, and show the more soulful side of Murray's blowing – a great balance that makes the record a perfect illustration of his growing players at the time. Other group members include Don Pullen on piano and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums – and Murray plays both tenor and bass clarinet. All tracks are long, and titles include "Death", "David Mingus", "All The Things You Are", and "Tension". LP, Vinyl record album

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Music Revelation EnsembleElec Jazz ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1990. Used ... $14.99
One of the last bold statements made by the Music Revelation Ensemble – recorded at the end of the 80s, but still very much in an angular mode that's somewhere between the Ulmer/Ornette experiments of the 70s, and some of the post-no wave jazz in New York! Neither of those comparisons are a surprise, given that the group had strong New York roots – and a lineup that includes James Blood Ulmer on guitar, David Murray on tenor sax, Amin Ali on electric bass, and Cornell Rochester on drums. Tracks are sharp-edged and freewheeling – sometimes with a ferocity that was a bit more common in the Naked City generation – and titles include "Exit", "Inter City", "Big Top", "Tap's Dance", and "No More" – all written by Ulmer. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gil EvansWhere Flamingos Fly ... LP
Artists House, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent set that was recorded in 1971, but not issued until 10 years later – by the small Artists House label, home to groundbreaking work by Ornette Coleman and James Blood Ulmer. Evans' record earns the same tag here – as it's a moody mix of electric and acoustic playing, featuring a group that includes Joe Beck, Billy Harper, Johnny Coles, Lenny White, Airto, and Hannibal Peterson. Titles include "Zee Zee", "Where Flamingos Fly", "Nana", and "El Matador". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ 52nd Street Blues ProjectBlues & Grass ... CD
Chesky, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features James Blood Ulmer. CD

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheLenox Avenue Breakdown/In The Tradition/Illusions/Blythe Spirit ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Four great albums from reedman Arthur Blythe – all together in one collection! First up is Lenox Avenue Breakdown – a stunning Columbia Records debut from Blythe! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds on both coasts – developing a searing sound on alto sax that's perfect for the focused structure of this album – almost a tone poem of sorts, offering up a portrait of the Harlem scene that was a key part of Arthur's life at the time. The sounds are sharp, but also have a sense of energy that really holds them together – guiding the players through long readings of well-penned tunes by Blythe that are filled with loads of energy and life! Players include James Newton on flute, James Blood Ulmer on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, Cecil McBee on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Guillermo Franco on percussion – and titles include "Odessa", "Slidin Through", "Down San Diego Way", and "Lenox Avenue Breakdown". In The Tradition is a gem – as the set represents the modern musician taking on a host of older jazz currents, while carving things out with his own special sort of soul! Half the tunes are familiar favorites, the other half originals – and Blythe moves far past his avant roots, to showcase his deep understanding of so many different shades of jazz – blowing alto beautifully throughout, in a very hip quartet that features Stanley Cowell on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on drums! Titles include great takes on "Naima", "Jitterbug Waltz", "Caravan", and "In A Sentimental Mood" – plus the originals "Break Tune" and "Hip Dipper". Illusions is maybe the boldest of Arthur Blythe's albums for Columbia Records – as the set bristles with newly creative energy right from the start, and provides a great showcase for some of the criss-crossings of styles and rhythms that were taking place on the New York scene at the time! The lineup alone announces something special – a cool combination of James Blood Ulmer on guitar, John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Steve McCall on drums – working together in some slight variations at times, often with these angular edges that are perfectly sharpened by Arthur's amazing work on alto sax. The music's never too free, but quite outside for a major label at the time – balanced out so that it's never overindulgent at all. Titles include "Bush Baby", "Miss Nancy", "My Son Ra", and "Carespin With Mamie". Blythe Spirit is a set that showcases the never-ending growth and imagination of reedman Arthur Blythe during this fruitful period of his career – and his ability to effortlessly blend together different elements in his music – especially sides of the New York loft jazz scene, and the Chicago-based AACM! The tunes are beautiful – mostly originals, and showing a richer spirituality than even a year before – while still working in that compellingly rhythmic mode that Arthur was hitting during these years – in a lineup that features Blythe on alto, Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Steve McCall and Bobby Battle on drums, John Hicks on piano, Amina Claudine Myers on organ, and Fred Hopkins on bass. The mix of electric and acoustic elements is fantastic – very fresh, even all these many years later – and titles include "Misty", "Spirits In The Field", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "Reverence", and "Contemplation". CD

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✨✧ Oliver LakeHolding Together ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sonically sensitive session from Oliver Lake – recorded in the mid 70s, in very relaxed quartet formation! Lake plays a range of reeds here – alto, soprano sax, and flute – and the group features lots of musings on guitar from Michael G Jackson, a player we don't know at all, but one who seems to have a harmelodic bent at some points, and a much more mellow one at others. Jackson's presence on the record really has a big impact on the sound – putting it somewhere in a space between James Blood Ulmer and Sonny Greenwich – and remaining rhythms are handled by Fred Hopkins on bass and Paul Maddox on drums and percussion. Titles include "Trailway Shake/Sad Lo-uis", "Usta B", "Ballad", "Machine Wing", and "Holding Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Larry YoungLawrence Of Newark ... LP
Perception, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Incredible stuff from the jazz underground of Newark! This is one of the rarest albums ever recorded by jazz organist Larry Young – cut for the tiny Perception label during the early 70s, and featuring some of the cream of the New Jersey jazz underground. The album's got playing that bridges a number of Young's different styles – from his straighter soul jazz work at Blue Note, to his harder jamming with Santana and John McLaughlin, to his more fusion oriented albums for Arista. James Blood Ulmer's on guitar, but there's also a large ensemble of excellent players, and lots of other percussion and cool instrumentation that really gives the album an "out there" sound! Titles include "Sunshine Fly Away", "Saudia", "Hello Your Quietness", and "Khalid Of Space". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ScofieldPast Present ... CD
Impulse, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great title for this Impulse debut from legendary guitarist John Scofield – as the set's got a way of bringing together all the best elements of his past and present modes of performance! Scofield's really wowed us with his leaner, single-line skills in recent years – especially when he adds his talents to funkier jazz records, in a way we wouldn't have expected back in the 80s. But during that decade, we also really great to love John's way of fuzzily compressing lots of notes together – into a tonal mode that seemed inspired by James Blood Ulmer, but which was a lot warmer too – a sound he seems to bring back here and mix with his nimble leaner notes – in a blend that's completely sublime! The setting of the album is perfect for this shift, too – a tight quartet with great tenor from Joe Lovano, plus Larry Grenadier on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Titles include "Slinky", "Chap Dance", "Mr Puffy", "Past Present", "Season Creep", and "Get Proud". CD

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✨✧ John ScofieldPast Present ... CD
Impulse, 2015. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great title for this Impulse debut from legendary guitarist John Scofield – as the set's got a way of bringing together all the best elements of his past and present modes of performance! Scofield's really wowed us with his leaner, single-line skills in recent years – especially when he adds his talents to funkier jazz records, in a way we wouldn't have expected back in the 80s. But during that decade, we also really great to love John's way of fuzzily compressing lots of notes together – into a tonal mode that seemed inspired by James Blood Ulmer, but which was a lot warmer too – a sound he seems to bring back here and mix with his nimble leaner notes – in a blend that's completely sublime! The setting of the album is perfect for this shift, too – a tight quartet with great tenor from Joe Lovano, plus Larry Grenadier on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Titles include "Slinky", "Chap Dance", "Mr Puffy", "Past Present", "Season Creep", and "Get Proud". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
 
 



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