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The James "Blood" Ulmer Blues Experience

  • Live [In+Out, 1994] B+
  • Blues Allnight [In + Out, 1996] Neither

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Live [In+Out, 1994]
The advantage of this live album over Ulmer's studio blues isn't choice material but excess guitar. He's a more proficient (jazz) composer than (r&b) songwriter and a more exciting player than either. His funky rhythm section has slipped into blues-rock, and that he was one of the first jazzmen to understand why Hendrix treated his axe as a noisemaker doesn't mean he commands Hendrix's palette--although he's gotten louder with the years, he still reverts to single-string lines. But with Sonny Sharrock dead, he smokes the competition. Guitar diehards should get hip to this wild, solid cross-section of a seminal genre buster. B+

Blues Allnight [In + Out, 1996] Neither