James Blood Ulmer: Lonely Woman
James Blood Ulmer (guitar)
Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Koch Jazz 7833)
Recorded: December, 1995
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Before James Blood Ulmer turned himself over to the blues (which admittedly was a strong part of his playing all along), he was the man of guitar harmolodics. On this track from Ulmer's Ornette tribute album, Ulmer takes that winding Coleman melody and discovers all manner of unexpected side turns. This is especially true toward the end of the piece when Ulmer's increasingly frenetic guitar excursions become commingled with Jones' basslines. Surely not surprising for a tune driven by harmolodic theory, but still a fine example of what this unconventional approach has to offer.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski