ODYSSEY THE BAND
Back in Time

[Pi Recordings, www.pirecordings.com]

When James Blood Ulmer's "Odyssey" was released back in 1983, critics heralded its appearance and raised their voices of approval. Blood was the new guitar king. Having played with Ornette Coleman, George Adams and many others, he had all the bragging rights in the world. What's more, he embraced Ornette's Harmolodic music and formed a new language out of it. That release always struck me as a turning point in Ulmer's career. He would still move on to do other great records ["Are You Glad to Be in America?"] but so many top-notch releases were already behind his belt ["Revealing", "Tales of Captain Black"]. Near the end of the 80's, he produced a few rather "weak" records that were honestly over-produced [check out "Blues Allnight" on In+Out Records]. What we have here my friends is pure blues. Two sidemen - drummer Warren Benbow and violinist Charles Burnham - complete the trio. In fact, other than an out-of-print "Reunion" CD [released by Knitting Factory almost a decade ago], "Back in Time" is the first occasion this trio has had to play together since the release of "Odyssey". Rough and gritty blues is what Ulmer has always favoured. Not a clean lick on the whole damn record, which is what makes this session such a valuable one. Since there is no bassist in the line-up, Ulmer is forced to act as the rhythm section and he must solo heavily, which he does so well. His solos are the usual mix of brief outbursts of gritty sounds. Blues licks are heard all over. Violinist Charles Burnham plays stringently dire lines that support Ulmer's front-man role, while Warren Benbow solidifies the trio with up-front, percussion. It's Burnham that makes this session for me. The call-and-response battle he plays with Ulmer is fascinating to listen to. His lines seem to soar above Ulmer's guitar machinations, only to be drowned out by Ulmer the next minute. Though majority of the record is filled with instrumentals, the blues really shine through once Ulmer unleashes his scruffy vocals on "Let's Get Married". Odyssey The Band is definitely one of the biggest comebacks in recent music history.

- Tom Sekowski


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