James Blood Ulmer Live Experience - Crying
From the album Live at the Bayerischer Hof (1994)
Label: In+Out Records
Appears on: DALI CD Vol. 4
In his youth, James 'Blood' Ulmer was attracted to local gospel, country and blues groups. By 17, he was working in Pittsburgh with rock 'n' roll bands. He spent 10 years playing in jazz-funk line-ups and worked with organist Hank Marr. By 1968, Ulmer was in Detroit and already experimenting with the innovative, if abrasive, style for which he would become known in the '80s.
Moving to New York in 1971, his work with ex-Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali in the Rashied Ali Quintet caught Ornette Coleman's ear. Shortly after, he became a student of the legendary musician. Coleman called Ulmer a "natural harmolodic player" and thus began their decade-long association.