Thursday, September 27, 2018

Diana Krall - The Girl in the Other Room

While the jazz fascists (read: purists) may be screaming "sellout" because Diana Krall decided to record something other than standards this time out, the rest of us can enjoy the considerable fruit of her labors. The Girl in the Other Room is, without question, a jazz record in the same manner her other outings are. The fact that it isn't made up of musty and dusty "classics" may irk the narrow-minded and reactionary, but it doesn't change the fact that this bold recording is a jazz record made with care, creativity, and a wonderfully intimate aesthetic fueling its 12 songs. Produced by Tommy LiPuma and Krall, the non-original material ranges from the Mississippi-fueled jazzed-up blues of Mose Allison's "Stop This World" to contemporary songs that are reinvented in Krall's image by Tom Waits ("Temptation"), Joni Mitchell ("Black Crow"), Chris Smither ("Love Me Like a Man"), and her husband, Elvis Costello ("Almost Blue"). These covers are striking. Krall's read of Allison's tune rivals his and adds an entirely different shade of meaning, as does her swinging, jazzy, R&B-infused take on Smither's sexy nugget via its first hitmaker, Bonnie Raitt. Her interpretation of Waits' "Temptation" is far more sultry than Holly Cole's because Krall understands this pop song to be a jazz tune rather than a jazzy pop song. "Black Crow" exists in its own space in the terrain of the album, because Krall understands that jazz is not mere articulation but interpretation. Likewise, her reverent version of Costello's "Almost Blue" takes it out of its original countrypolitan setting and brings it back to the blues. As wonderful as these songs are, however, they serve a utilitarian purpose; they act as bridges to the startling, emotionally charged poetics in the material Krall has composed with Costello. Totaling half the album, this material is full of grief, darkness, and a tentative re-emergence from the shadows. It begins in the noir-ish melancholy of the title track, kissed with bittersweet agony by Gershwin's "Summertime." The grain in Krall's pained voice relates an edgy third-person tale that is harrowing in its lack of revelation and in the way it confounds the listener; it features John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums. In "I've Changed My Address," Krall evokes the voices of ghosts such as Louis Armstrong and Anita O'Day in a sturdy hip vernacular that channels the early beat jazz of Waits and Allison. The lyric is solid and wonderfully evocative not only of time and place, but of emotional terrain. Krall's solo in the tune is stunning. "Narrow Daylight," graced by gospel overtones, is a tentative step into hope with its opening line: "Narrow daylight enters the room, winter is over, summer is near." This glimmer of hope is short-lived, however, as "Abandoned Masquerade" reveals the shattered promise in the aftermath of dying love. "I'm Coming Through" and "Departure Bay," which close the set, are both underscored by the grief experienced at the loss of Krall's mother. They are far from sentimental, nor are they sophomoric, but through the eloquence of Krall's wonderfully sophisticated melodic architecture and rhythmic parlance they express the experience of longing, of death, and of acceptance. The former features a beautiful solo by guitarist Anthony Wilson and the latter, in its starkness, offers memory as reflection and instruction. This is a bold new direction by an artist who expresses great willingness to get dirt on her hands and to offer its traces and smudges as part and parcel of her own part in extending the jazz tradition, through confessional language and a wonderfully inventive application that is caressed by, not saturated in, elegant pop. - by Thom Yurek, AMG

Artist: Diana Krall
Album: The Girl in the Other Room
Label: Verve Records
Year: 2004
Runtime: 55:31

Tracks:
1.  Stop This World (Mose Allison) 3:59
2.  The Girl in the Other Room (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 4:05
3.  Temptation (Tom Waits) 4:27
4.  Almost Blue (Elvis Costello) 4:04
5.  I've Changed My Address (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 4:47
6.  Love Me Like a Man (Bonnie Raitt/Chris Smither) 5:49
7.  I'm Pulling Through (Arthur Herzog Jr./Irene Kitchings) 4:02
8.  Black Crow (Joni Mitchell) 4:49
9.  Narrow Daylight (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 3:32
10.  Abandoned Masquerade (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 5:11
11.  I'm Coming Through (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 5:07
12.  Departure Bay (Diana Krall/Elvis Costello) 5:39

Personnel:
Diana Krall (Piano, Vocals)
Anthony Wilson (Guitar)
Christian Mc Bride (Double Bass) - 1,3,4,7-12
Peter Erskine (Drums) - 1,4,7-12
John Clayton (Double Bass) - 2,5,6
Jeff Hamilton (Drums) - 2,5,6
Neil Larsen (Hammond Organ) - 3
Terri Lynne Carrington (Drums) - 3

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Herbie Mann - Seven Classic Albums vol.3 (Disc IV)

Salute to the Flute:
Salute to the Flute (reissued as When Lights Are Low) is an album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring tracks recorded in 1957 for the Epic label. - Wikipedia.org

This Portrait LP (a 1988 reissue of an Epic album titled Salute to the Flute) found flutist Herbie Mann accompanied for the first time by a big band on five of the nine selections. Prior to 1959, virtually all of Mann's recordings were bop-oriented, and this one is no exception. Whether it be "Little Niles," "When Lights Are Low," "Beautiful Love" or even "Old Honky Tonk Piano Roll Blues," Mann proves to be an excellent bop soloist; other important players on this date include trumpeter Joe Wilder, altoist Anthony Ortega, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Joe Puma and bassist Oscar Pettiford. This LP will be a difficult one to find. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Right Now:
Herbie Mann spent much of his career at Atlantic, which he signed with in the early 1960s and recorded for until 1985. The flutist provided a very wide variety of music during his long stay at Atlantic; this rewarding 1962 LP found him combining bop with various forms of world music. Mann has long been famous for his love of Brazilian music, and that interest serves him well on the charming "Borquinho" and Luiz Bonfa's "Manha de Carnaval," as well as two Antonio Carlos Jobim pieces: "Desafinado" (a major hit for Stan Getz in the early 1960s) and "Meditation." But Mann goes for more of an Afro-Cuban flavor on his exuberant "Free for All" and Lester Young's "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid," and he successfully incorporates elements of Jewish and Middle Eastern music on the moody "Challil." Now for the bad news: like so many of Mann's Atlantic dates, Right Now has long been out of print and has yet to be reissued on CD. - by Alex Henderson, AMG

Artist: Herbie Mann
Album: Herbie Mann vol.3; Disc Four (Salute To The Flute + Right Now)
Year: 1957-1962 (Epic Records, Atlantic Recordings)
Label: RealGoneJazz Records (2015)
Runtime: 54:51

Tracks:

Salute To The Flute:
1.  Beautiful Love (Wayne King / Victor Young / Egbert Van Alstyne) 6:31
2.  Hip Scotch (Joe Puma) 3:40
3.  Song For Ruth (Herbie Mann) 4:22
4.  Noga's Nuggets (Oscar Pettiford) 4:04
5.  A Ritual (Herbie Mann) 3:48

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute, Vocals)
Anthony Ortega (Alto Saxophone)
Sol Schlinger (Baritone Saxophone)
Oscar Pettiford (Double Bass)
Philly Joe Jones (Drums) - 2
Gus Johnson (Drums) - 1-3
Joe Puma (Guitar)
Hank Jones (Piano)
Dave Kurtzer (Bassoon)
Dick Hafer (Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone) - 4
Chauncey Welsch (Trombone) - 4
Urbie Green (Trombone) - 4
Bernie Glow (Trumpet) - 3
Don Stratton (Trumpet) - 4
Joe Wilder (Trumpet) - 4

Right Now:
6.  Right Now (Herbie Mann) 3:11
7.  Desafinado (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Newton Mendonca) 4:21
8.  Challil (Herbie Mann) 4:36
9.  Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young) 2:56
10.  Borquinho (Roberto Menescal / Renaldo Boscoli) 3:38
11.  Cool Heat (Herbie Mann) 5:11
12.  Manha de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfa) 2:55
13.  Meditation (Antonio Carlos Jobim / Newton Mendonca) 5:52
14.  Free for All (Herbie Mann) 2:19
Recorded in New York City, March 12 & 28, April 19, 1962

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute)
Hagood Hardy (Vibraphone)
Billy Bean (Guitar)
Don Payne (Double Bass) - 10,12,13
Bill Stalter (Double Bass) - 6-9,11,14
Willie Bobo (Drums)
Carlos "Patato" Valdes (Congas)
Johnny Pacheco (Percussion) - 10,12
Willie Rodriguez (Percussion) - 10,12,13

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Herbie Mann - Seven Classic Albums vol.3 (Disc III)

Musician Herbie Mann was born Herbert Jay Solomon on April 16, 1930 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After exploring the Army, Mann joined the Mat Mathews's Quintet and began recording work. He did some music writing for T.V., but his real joy came from his project with the Afro-Jazz Sextet, which was an international success. Mann's musical interests were not limited to jazz; he also played bop, rock, pop, reggae, and disco. Mann has also been a producer and record label owner. He has recorded almost one hundred albums for more than ten recording companies. - Amazon.com

Mann Alone:
Mann Alone is solo album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring tracks recorded in 1957 for the Savoy label. - Wikipedia.org

Salute to the Flute:
Salute to the Flute (reissued as When Lights Are Low) is an album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring tracks recorded in 1957 for the Epic label. - Wikipedia.org

This Portrait LP (a 1988 reissue of an Epic album titled Salute to the Flute) found flutist Herbie Mann accompanied for the first time by a big band on five of the nine selections. Prior to 1959, virtually all of Mann's recordings were bop-oriented, and this one is no exception. Whether it be "Little Niles," "When Lights Are Low," "Beautiful Love" or even "Old Honky Tonk Piano Roll Blues," Mann proves to be an excellent bop soloist; other important players on this date include trumpeter Joe Wilder, altoist Anthony Ortega, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Joe Puma and bassist Oscar Pettiford. This LP will be a difficult one to find. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Tracks: 

Mann Alone:
1.  Happy Happy 3:30
2.  Looking Thru the Window 4:00
3.  Like, You Know, Baby 5:50
4.  Love 5:15
5.  All Day Monday 6:20
6.  From Midnight On 3:25
7.  For the Love of Kali 4:21
8.  Ruth, Ruth 3:42
All compositions by Herbie Mann
Recorded in NYC, USA, May 9, 1957

Personnel: 
Herbie Mann (Flute, Alto Flute)

Salute to the Flute:
9.  When Lights Are Low (Benny Carter) 6:02
10.  Little Niles (Randy Weston) 6:11
11.  Old Honkie Tonk Piano Roll Blues (Herbie Mann) 4:43
12.  Pretty Baby (A.K. Salim) 4:58

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute, Vocals)
Anthony Ortega (Alto Saxophone)
Sol Schlinger (Baritone Saxophone)
Oscar Pettiford (Double Bass)
Philly Joe Jones (Drums) - 2,4,
Gus Johnson (Drums) - 1,3
Joe Puma (Guitar)
Hank Jones (Piano)
Dave Kurtzer (Bassoon)
Dick Hafer (Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone)
Chauncey Welsch (Trombone) - 1
Urbie Green (Trombone) - 1
Bernie Glow (Trumpet) - 1
Don Stratton (Trumpet) - 1
Joe Wilder (Trumpet) - 1

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Herbie Mann - Seven Classic Albums vol.3 (Disc II)

Herbie Mann with the Wessel Ilcken Trio is an album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring tracks recorded in Holland in 1956 for the Epic label. - Wikipedia.org

One of the first experts in flute tones in jazz was Herbie Mann, who, however, renounced the lovely sweetness of the West Coast style and rather smart-kee.- Amazon.com

Artist: Herbie Mann
Album: Herbie Mann vol.3; Disc Two (Herbie Mann with the Wessel Ilcken Trio + Love and the Weather)
Year: 1956-1957 (Epic Records, Bethlehem Records)
Label: RealGoneJazz Records (2015)
Runtime: 76:40

Herbie Mann with the Wessel Ilcken Trio

1.  Lady Bach (Herbie Mann) 2:16
2.  Little Girl (Madeline Hyde / Francis Henry) 2:53
3.  Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen / Johnny Burke) 2:49
4.  Love Is Here to Stay (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin) 2:34
5.  The Lady Is a Tramp (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) 2:59
6.  Dear Old Stockholm (Traditional) 2:47
7.  Falling in Love with Love (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) 2:48
8.  Summertime (George Gershwin / DuBose Heyward) 4:23
9.  Blues for Leila (Herbie Mann) 6:13
10.  Lover Come Back to Me (Sigmund Romberg / Oscar Hammerstein II) 3:29
11.  Try a Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell / Reg Connelly / Harry Woods) 2:39
Recorded in Hilversum, Netherlands, 1956 November

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Wessel Ilcken (Drums)
Pim Jacobs (Piano)
Ruud Jacobs (Double Bass)
Ado Broodboom (Trumpet) - 2,4,5,7

Love and Weather

12.  Love And The Weather (Irving Berlin) 3:50
13.  But Beautiful (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen) 2:55
14.  Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Tommy Wolf/Fran Landesman) 3:29
15.  I'm Glad There Is You (Jimmy Dorsey/Paul Madeira) 3:21
16.  A Sinner Kissed An Angel (Ray Joseph/Mack David) 3:13
17.  High On A Windy Hill (Joan Whitney/ Alex Kramer) 3:33
18.  I'll Wind (Ted Koehler/Harold Arlen) 3:47
19.  For Heaven's Sake (Donald Meyer/Elise Bretton/Sherman Edwards) 3:19
20.  Autumn Nocturne (Kim Gannon/Josef Myrow) 4:18
21.  Moon Love (Mack David/Mack Davis/Andre Kostelanetz) 2:40
22.  The Morning Side Of The Mountain (Larry Lawrence Stock/Dick Manning) 3:22
23.  Like Someone In Love (Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen) 2:58
Recorded at the Bethlehem Studios, N.Y.C., 1956 March

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Alto Flute)
Ralph Burns (Conductor) - 1-6
Frank Hunter (Conductor) - 7-12
Joe Puma (Guitar)
Milt Hinton (Double Bass) - 1-6
Don Lamond (Drums) - 1-6
Whitey Mitchell (Double Bass) - 7-12
Herb Wasserman (Drums) - 7-12

Monday, May 28, 2018

Herbie Mann - Seven Classic Albums vol.3 (Disc I)

Musician Herbie Mann was born Herbert Jay Solomon on April 16, 1930 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After exploring the Army, Mann joined the Mat Mathews's Quintet and began recording work. He did some music writing for T.V., but his real joy came from his project with the Afro-Jazz Sextet, which was an international success. Mann's musical interests were not limited to jazz; he also played bop, rock, pop, reggae, and disco. Mann has also been a producer and record label owner. He has recorded almost one hundred albums for more than ten recording companies. - Amazon.com

Flamingo:
An early showcase for the cool, compressed flute work of the young Herbie Mann — a style that created a great bridge to jazz for so many later players on the instrument ! The Mann heard here isn't the overblown, soul-drenched Herbie of the 60s — but a player who's very careful with his tone and timing, yet still able to swing incredibly well! Herbie's solos are a masterpiece of economy — and set up strongly in a hip quartet that features some equally careful work from Joe Puma on guitar — plus Charles Andrus on bass and Harold Granowsky on drums. There's a number of strong original tunes on the set — numbers written with a bit of wit and angular finish... Dusty Groove, Inc.

Artist: Herbie Mann
Album: Herbie Mann vol.3; Disc One (East Coast Jazz + Flamingo)
Year: 1954-1955 (Bethlehem Records)
Label: RealGoneJazz Records (2015)
Runtime: 60:48


East Coast Jazz/4

1.  Chicken Little (Herbie Mann) 2:58
2.  The Things We Did Last Summer (Jule Styne / Sammy Cahn) 4:12
3.  Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Harold Arlen / Ted Koehler) 4:03
4.  After Work (Herbie Mann) 4:04
5.  A Spring Morning (Herbie Mann) 2:42
6.  My Little Suede Shoes (Charlie Parker) 2:40
7.  The Purple Grotto (Herbie Mann) 2:42
Recorded at the Bethlehem Studios, N.Y.C., 1954 December

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute)
Keith Hodgson (Double Bass)
Lee Rockey (Drums)
Benny Weeks (Guitar)

Flamingo
8.  I've Told Ev'Ry Little Star (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein) 4:33
9.  Love Is Simple Thing (Arthur Sigel/June Carroll) 2:02
10.  There's No You (Hal Hopper/Tom Adair) 4:17
11.  Sorimao (Herbie Mann) 3:28
12.  The Influential Mr Cohn (Herbie Mann) 2:36
13.  A One Way Love (Herbie Mann) 3:37
14.  The Surrey Whith The Fringe On Top (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein) 2:41
15.  Flamingo (Ted Grouya) 2:44
16.  Little Orphan Annie (Gus Kahn/Joe Sanders) 3:26
17.  Jasmin (Tamiko Jones) 3:01
18.  Beverly (Herbie Mann) 2:06
19.  Woodchuck (Joe Puma) 2:54
Recorded at the Bethlehem Studios, N.Y.C., 1955 June

Personnel:
Herbie Mann (Flute)
Charles Andrus (Double Bass)
Joe Puma (Guitar)
Harold Granowsky (Drums)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ruben Gonzalez - Chanchullo

While perhaps a little bit more rambling and less focused than his American solo debut Introducing Ruben Gonzalez, this album nonetheless presents some lush piano arrangements supported by mellow Cuban percussion. Gonzalez is an extremely fluid player and his sometimes complex improvisations seem to constantly come off without a hitch, which is amazing considering that he is in his eighties. The songs range from sweet and light to more passionate and forceful, but throughout, Gonzalez's unique sense of joy shines through. This album also features a brief appearance from vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer, who gained fame with Gonzalez through his work with the Buena Vista Social Club. That project has spawned a number of albums which, surprisingly, have nearly all been quality productions. This recording is certainly not the exception to the rule. - by Stacia Proefock, AMG

Artist: Ruben Gonzalez
Album: Chanchullo
Year: 2000
Label: World Circuit
Runtime: 51:03

Tracks:
1.  Chanchullo (Israel Lopez) 5:12
2.  De Una Manera Espantosa (Arsenio Rodriguez) 4:18
3.  La Lluvia 5:18 (Amadio Valdes/Orlando " Cachaito"Lopez/Miguel "Angá" Diaz/Jesus " Aguaje" Ramos/Rubén González)
4.  Central Constancia (Enrique Jorrín) 5:57
5.  Quizás, Quizás (Joe Davis/Osvaldo Farrés) 2:29
6.  Choco's Guajira (Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros) 6:52
7.  Si Te Contará (Félix Reina) 1:28
8.  El Bodeguero (Richard Egües) 5:12
9.  Isora Club (Coralia Lopez/Israel "Cachao" Lopez) 5:35
10.  Rico Vacilón (Rossendo Ruiz, Jr) 4:12
11.  Pa' Gozar (Aristides Soto/Tata Güines) 4:30

Personnel:
Ruben Gonzalez (Piano)
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (Double Bass)
Amadito Valdes (Timbalez)
Angel Terry (Congas)
Roberto Garcia (Bongos, Cowbell, Guiro)
Alberto Valdes (Maracas)
Alejandro Pichardo Perez (Guiro, Cave)
Manuel Mirabal (Trumpet)
Jesus Ramos (Trombone, Vocals)
Miguel "Angá" Diaz (Congas) - 2,3,6
Ibrahim Ferrer (Vocals) - 2,6
Richard Egües (Flute) - 4,5
Cheikh Lo (Vocals) - 6
Lazaro Villa (Vocals) - 4
Joaquín Oliveiras (Flute) - 4
Javier Zalba (Baritone Saxophone) - 1
Lazaro Ordonez Enriquez (Violin) - 4
Eliades Ochoa (Guitar) - 5
Papi Oviedo (Tres) - 6
Ry Cooder (Tres) - 10
Joachim Cooder (Drums) - 10

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bugge Wesseltoft - New Conception of Jazz

Within the framework of his project New Conception of Jazz, Bugge successfully fused elements of jazz, house, techno, ambient, noise and free improvisation. This sound has been referred to as Future Jazz. In addition to grand piano and Fender Rhodes, Bugge uses different keyboards, percussion instruments, samplers, programming devices, and vocal effects, both in live performances and in studio recordings. For the studio recording of New Conception of Jazz (recorded in 1994), the first album from this project, Bugge gathered an impressive crew from some of the best new talent in Norwegian jazz: Ingebrigt Flaten (bass), Anders Engen (drums), Vidar Johansen (reeds), Eivind Aarset (guitar), Bjorn Kjellemyr (bass), Rune Arnesen (drums), Nils Petter Molvaer (trumpet). The recording took place during three sessions during a single week. The musicians followed schemes and notes written by Bugge, but in fact most of it was improvised. The resulting sounds were then mixed and edited by Bugge. The CD was released in 1996 by Jazzland. Playing with musicians as part of an improvising collective is an important aspect of this project, and Bugge has stated that he will always take this approach, in the studio or on the live stage. The first concert took place in Bergen at the NattJazz Festival in May that same year. The line-up was: Bugge (Fender Rhodes, Prophet 5 and looping), Ingebrigt Flaten (bass), Anders Engen (drums), Eivind Aarset (guitar, effects), Erlend Gjerde (trumpet), and Vidar Johansen (tenor/soprano sax and bass clarinet). - From Bugge's website

Artist: Bugge Wesseltoft
Album: New Conception of Jazz
Year: 1996
Label: Jazzland Records
Runtime: 56:37

Tracks:
1.  Somewhere in Between 4:48
2.  New Conception of Jazz 5:10
3.  Spectre Supreme 5:52
4.  Trouble 4:58
5.  New Conception of Jazz 2 7:19
6.  Trio 7:01
7.  Poem 6:52
8.  My Street 5:35
9.  Modular 6:42
10.  Endless 2:20
All compositions by Bugge Wesseltoft

Personnel:
Bugge Wesseltoft (Electronics, Vocals, El. Piano, Sythesizer, Piano, Percussion, Hammond Organ)
Vidar Johansen (Bass Clarinet and Tenor Saxophon) - 1-5,7,9,10
Trude Eick (Waldhorn) - 1-3,5,7,9
Ingebrigt Flaten (Double Bass) - 1,4,5
Anders Engen (Drums) - 1,4,5
Jens Petter Atonsen (Trumpet) - 2,3,9
Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass and Bass Guitar) - 6,8,9
Rune Arnesen (Drums) - 6,8,9
Sjur Miljeteig (Trumpet) - 1,5
Sveinung Hovensje (Bass Guitar) - 7,10
Audun Kleive (Drums and Electronics) - 3
Eivind Aarseth (Guitar) - 4
Erlend Gjerde (Trumpet) - 4
Nils Petter Molvaer (Trumpet) - 7
Michy (Vocals) - 8

Monday, March 26, 2018

James Blood Ulmer - Blues Preacher

This effort from controversial guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer sticks to a harsh blues-rock groove, with many of the one-chord vamps sounding like they are leftovers from John Lee Hooker's repertoire. There are no harmolodics (and little jazz) to be heard on the CD, and this rather primitive music is to be recommended only to fans of Ulmer's shouting vocals. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

The former accolyte of free-jazz greats like Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra shows that he can also follow Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed, in one of the earliest of his long string of intense straight blues albums. Electric guitar is unusual in experimental jazz, but Blood's guitar work (and writing)is a bit unusual anywhere. I do detect some Jimmy Rogers influence in spots, and maybe some jazzier Texans like Gatemouth Brown. I like him, but it might be an acquired taste. Jazz is the teacher/Funk is the preacher. by- Mark Schlezinger, Amazon.com

Artist: James Blood Ulmer
Album: Blues Preacher
Year: 1993
Label: Diw Records
Recorded at the Sound on Sound Studios, New York City, USA (September-November, 1993)

Tracks:
1.  Cheering 6:45 
2.  Alone To Wonder 6:17 
3.  Let Me Take You Home 5:15 
4.  Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag? 4:37 
5.  Jazz Is The Teacher 6:45 
6.  Justice For Us All 5:05 
7.  Nobody But You 5:40 
8.  Blues Alnight 6:30 
9.  Get Up 7:35 
10.  Angel 7:05 
All music by James Blood Ulmer

Personnel:
James Blood Ulmer (Electric Guitar, Flute, Vocals)
Aubrey Dayle (Drums)
Mark Peterson (Electric Bass)
Ronald "Head" Drayton (Electric Guitar)

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