Sunday, November 8

Prime Time - James Blood Ulmer (1981)


"After cultivating a huge underground reputation both as a sideman in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band and as an increasingly influential musician among the more experimental edges of the New York City punk and noise scenes, James Blood Ulmer was finally, in 1981, given a major-label contract by Columbia. Free Lancing was the first of three albums for the label before he, like many before and after, was unceremoniously dropped. It opens explosively with 'Timeless,' a ripping instrumental showcasing Ulmer at his best, all jagged angles, raw blues feeling, and chainsaw guitar shards. ... But it's Ulmer's stinging guitar lines -- rough-hewn, corrosive, and scrabbling -- throughout this recording that make it one of his finest."
allmusic
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YouTube: Free Lancing Full Album 47:37

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