Blue Monday

James “Blood” Ulmer plays the hardy perennial “Sittin’ On Top of the World” with backing from Alison Kraus on violin. Though I’ve never really understood the “harmolodic” music theory espoused by Ulmer and his mentor, Ornette Coleman (as with Buckminster Fuller, Coleman’s ideas become harder to understand the more he explains them), I know I usually like what I hear.  

Here is Ulmer’s solo version of “Are You Glad to Be in America,” one of his earliest records: 

Here’s a showstopper: “First Blood” with Bernie Worrell on Hammond organ:

Check out the lame audience member with his fingers in his ears.

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