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James Blood Ulmer: 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 28 July 1980

WHEN JAMES "Blood" Ulmer and his three fellow musicians climbed onto the 9:30 club's stage Saturday night, the electricity plugged itself into the musicians. Guitarist Ulmer, tenor saxophonist David Murray, bassist Amin Ali and drummer Calvin Weston are in the forefront of a new music energy. Call it punk jazz or acid funk, it fuses rock textures and tightness with freeform jazz improvisation. It is ultimately a pulsating dance music, and Ulmer's group started in high gear and never slowed things down. It was a powerful exposition.

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