Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017

James Blood Ulmer Trio - Are You Glad To Be In America? + Black Top with Mandhira de Saram

35-47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA

Blood hurtled headlong from the maelstrom of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time in the early 80s with a visceral collision of rock, jazz and edgy, blues-inflected funk that defined a post-punk jazz attitude.   
Are You Glad to Be in America was a massive cult hit on its 1980 release - still laying down a stream of guitar improv consciousness that sounds like no-one else on the planet, Blood revisits a seminal statement in the evolution of contemporary black music with a fast and furious power trio.  Jazz is the teacher – funk is the preacher.

Opening set from the Black Top core team – Orphy Robinson’s vibes and percussion projecting intricate patterns, colliding and colluding with improv maestro Pat Thomas’s live looping and electronics. Echoes of dub and reggae, swing and freedom, digital,  analogue and acoustic are welded in music that carries the 'forceful dignity and beauty of a Jackson Pollock painting' (All About Jazz). Joined by special guest violinist Mandhira de Saram – founding member and leader Ligeti Quartet, which has established a reputation as a leading dynamic and imaginative force in contemporary and modern music. 

'Her well sustained brilliance of tone, clarity of expression and dazzling technique commanded the attention of the audience like a magnet. A star in the making' (Oxford Times on Mandhira de Saram) 

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

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