James Blood Ulmer w/ Iswhat?! at the Northsix


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James Blood Ulmer and Iswhat?!
and Northsix in Williamsburg-Brooklyn
on Saturday, March 13th

66 North 6th Street (betw. Kent & Wythe Aves)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

James Blood Ulmer
...takes Brooklyn by storm on Saturday, March 13th at Williamsburg's NORTHSIX. Currently riding a wave of acclaim on the heels of his most recent album, No Escape From the Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions, which was selected as one of “The 50 Best Albums of 2003" by Rolling Stone, Ulmer will be performing material from throughout his storied career. The pioneering guitarist whose raw, earthy fretboard diction incorporates everything from the Southern Baptist churches of his childhood to the Harmolodic freedom experienced during a stint with Ornette Coleman has also grown to become one of the blues' most evocative and distinct vocalists. His appearances in Brooklyn are rare, and not to be missed.

...The music, at first blush, comes across as classic jazz infused with hip-hop. Throughout each song Walker (tenor sax) and Anderson (acoustic bass) lay down the foundation and melody of the song while Maddox sings, scats, or vocal drums over the melody. Vocal drumming is just that. Maddox, with only the sound of his voice, creates the sound of drums. ...Jack Walker, who plays tenor sax with a classic tone akin to maybe Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young. ...Matthew Anderson adds that the band has a wide variety of influences, including Asian and contemporary music. He says, “Everything is fair game, we just play what Oscar Treadwell used to call 'American music.'"

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