In several of his recent outings, the jangly harmelodic guitarist has fancied himself a bluesman. Sure, there’s a rawness and raggedness in both his singing and playing that translates to that idiom, but the chunky, hamfisted backbeats he has locked himself in with on mediocre blues-rock projects like Blues Allnight and Blues Experience have done him a great disservice. Blood always sounds best when he’s skronking over the top of a free flowing, interactive and understated rhythm section, as on 1977’s Revealing with drummer Doug Hammond, bassist Cecil McBee and saxophone George Adams (reissued last year on the Rounder-distributed In & Out Records). He conjures up that more open-ended vibe on this collection of Ornette Coleman compositions.
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