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James Blood: Tales of Captain Black [Artists House, 1979]
This isn't the great Blood Ulmer record I've been waiting for. How can it be when the saxophone player is Ornette Coleman, who makes everything he plays his own? And how can it be when the drummer is Denardo Coleman, who can't follow (let alone drive) Blood in free time or on the one? But it does offer the densest guitar improvisations anyone has put on record since Hendrix, and over catchy themes, too. And it does offer Ornette Coleman. A-