James Blood Ulmer and David Murray – two icons of free organized music – started
their collaboration in music more than thirty years ago. James Blood Ulmer turned to
Blues in the year 2000 and interprets since that time his individual, very specific
‘Harmolodic Blues’ as a singer, accompanying himself on his guitar. Several CDs with
his blues project ‘Memphis Blood’ were released over the years and led to a Grammy
nomination in 2001.
This new project combines some of James Blood Ulmer most insightful and beautiful
blues songs, rearranged by the compositor and saxophonist David Murray for an 18
musicians Big Band (“an orchestra of Harmolodic soldiers” says James Blood Ulmer),
which complete a unique line-up.
Most of the songs come from the James Blood Ulmer’s Bad Blood In The City: The
Pietry Street Sessions (2007), a blues repertoire formed 2 two years after the Katrina
disaster in New Orleans; the tracklist also sees a cover from David Murray
(Stressology), from Eddie J. House Jr. (Grinninʼ In Your Face), from Willie Dixon and
William Emerson (Dead President), and a last one from Kanye West (Love Lockdown)
giving an echo to the work of David Murray on the arrangements for ‘Macy Gray & David
Murray Big Band’.
The world premiere happened in Milan, Italy – at the Teatro Manzoni on January 29th.
For further details, please click on the picture below to watch the video ‘conversations’
with David Murray & James Blood Ulmer, with some extracts of the live show in Milan:
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