Label: Chesky Records - JD279 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Blues • Style: Modern Electric Blues
James Blood Ulmer has been on a something of a roll since the late '90s, after reuniting with longtime cohort Charlie Burnham and delving into the blues. The two Vernon Reid -produced blues albums were among the best of his career, with Ulmer adding his harmolodic shadings to classics from the blues canon. The 52nd Street Blues Project is a stripped-down offshoot of those albums, but they operate as a band instead of simply supporting Ulmer.
But here everyone but Dayle contributes to the songwriting instead of working covers, simultaneously updating the tradition and reaching back to prewar blues archetypes. Queen Esther 's got a strong, soulful voice and impeccable phrasing, which is supported perfectly by Peterson 's swinging bassline.
Then it's time for "Recess," a droning blues march with fantastic violin from Charlie Burnham that stands alongside great Ulmer instrumentals like "Love Dance" from Odyssey. Burnham is amazing here, an expressive modal workout with slippery harmonics and a snaky down-home feel. And check out his other solos, like on "I'm Goin'" or the funny quote in "Sunnyland" -- the man just shines.
Even Peterson gets a solo shot on "A Miniature of the Bass. Just see if you can get "Sunnyland" or "I'm Goin'" out of your head at the end of the disc.
The key is in the liner notes, where Blood says, "I like the idea of the blues as a sound more than I like the idea of the blues as a form. Remember, this is not a DJ Rhettmatic* - U Call Dis A Mix Tape? Piece Of Shit Vol.
4 Blood Ulmer record, it's a band effort by the 52nd Street Blues Project, but it ranks right Papa Dont Know - The 52nd Street Blues Project - Blues & Grass there with any of Ulmer 's albums or projects despite his diminished role. Let's hope that this one-off live recording turns into something more; this is a keeper.
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