James Blood Ulmer: Revelation March
James Blood Ulmer (guitar)
Tales of Captain Black (DIR 403)
Recorded: RPM Sound. NYC. December 5, 1978
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
It's difficult to find a good textual definition of harmolodics. Maybe that's because it's best described without words. On “Revelation March” the collective improvisation takes several forms. Tacuma and Denardo Coleman's rhythm section launches into a double-time sprint while Ornette is content with a more solemn pace (though not without the occasional burst). Ulmer's guitar, with both knotty chords and twisty solo passages, provides a bridge between the two. When all three quartet components suddenly veer off in the same direction, it becomes apparent that there are some like minds camouflaged beneath the chaos.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski