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James “Blood” Ulmer: Harmolodic Guitar With Strings

This stark recital definitely finds Ulmer in an intriguing setting. Without the usual backdrop of rock steady backbeats, muscular basslines, and controlled cacophony, this record allows the listener to zero in on Ulmer’s rich chordal strumming and angular phrasing. Unfortunately, the bare environment also reveals all the sonic eccentricities that sometimes makes Ulmer unbearable.

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