MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE

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One of the first and best free jazz/funk bands. On No Wave, its 1980 Moers Music debut, the band was comprised of James "Blood" Ulmer (guitar), David Murray (tenor saxophone), Amin Ali (electric bass), and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums). The MRE became Ulmer's baby since he has been the only constant throughout the group's two decades of existence; Murray has made a couple of returns, and Jackson has been in and out. The lineup of the group changed from album to album, especially in the late '90s. Pharoah Sanders and John Zorn recorded with the band (Crossfire), as did Hamiet Bluiett and Arthur Blythe (Knights of Power). Drummer Cornell Rochester succeeded Jackson early on, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma replaced Ali for a time. The band has remained reasonably vital thanks to Ulmer, but one can be excused for preferring their early records, made when Ornette Coleman's Dancing in Your Head was read more...
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MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE No Wave album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Wave
Eclectic Fusion 1980
MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE Music Revelation Ensemble album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Music Revelation Ensemble
Eclectic Fusion 1988
MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE Elec.Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elec.Jazz
Eclectic Fusion 1990
MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE After Dark album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
After Dark
Eclectic Fusion 1992
MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE In The Name Of... album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
In The Name Of...
Eclectic Fusion 1994
MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE Knights Of Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Knights Of Power
Eclectic Fusion 1996
MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE Cross Fire album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Cross Fire
Eclectic Fusion 1997

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MUSIC REVELATION ENSEMBLE Cross Fire

Album · 1997 · Eclectic Fusion
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Music Revelation Orchestra has been a best kept secret for European and American listeners until recently. Their (not very successful) debut was released back in 1980 on the tiny German Moers Records and wasn't noticed at the time. Eight years later the band was contracted by the Japanese DIW label and in 8 years released 6 great albums in Japan.

I expect even the band's name tells nothing even to experienced NY avant-garde/fusion fans. But under the unknown name one can find leading names of the genre. The band's central figure is guitarist James Blood Ulmer, other more or less regular project collaborators include drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson and sax player David Murray.

"Cross Fire" is the last in a line of 7 albums and only Ulmer himself and drummer Cornell Rochester are on board from their early line up. But the newcomers are as great as the previous collaborators were - Calvin "Fuzz" Jones plays acoustic bass and two great sax players alternate solos - Pharoah Sanders on tenor and John Zorn on alto! Not every day you can hear Ulmer, Sanders and Zorn all playing together!

This album's music is built around Ulmer's guitar - energetic, rhythmic and featuring Ulmer's unique tonal language. The rhythm section gives excellent support and the sax men both show a lot of hell with their solos! Pharoah Sanders obviously feels more comfortable with Ulmer's bluesy material, but Zorn, besides some not very impressive moments, demonstrates all of his usual excellent fast and screaming improvs.

Great, great album - no filler could be found! Probably not the best entry to Ulmer's music, but a real (and unfortunately very rare) jam for Ulmer, Sanders and/or Zorn fans!

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