Black Rock (James Blood Ulmer album)

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Black Rock
Black Rock (James Blood Ulmer album).jpg
Studio album by James Blood Ulmer
Released 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Producer James Blood Ulmer
James Blood Ulmer chronology
Free Lancing
(1981)Free Lancing1981
Black Rock

Black Rock is an album by American guitarist James Blood Ulmer recorded in 1982 and released on the Columbia label.[1] It was Ulmer's second of three albums recorded for a major label.


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars, and states, "Black Rock is among Blood's strongest records. As tough as Are You Glad to Be in America? and the Music Revelation Ensemble's No Wave, yet more accessible than either. This is a fitting introduction to Blood Ulmer's unique, knotty, and truly original guitar and composition style. Black Rock is all funk, rock, jazz, and punk, indivisible and under a one world groove".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Trouser Press described both Black Rock and the previous Free Lancing as "technical masterpieces, making up in precision what they lack in emotion (as compared to Are You Glad to Be in America?). Working to expand his audience, Ulmer concentrates more on electric guitar flash, and actual melodies can be discerned from the improvised song structures (improvisation being one of the keys to harmolodics)."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by James Blood Ulmer except as indicated
  1. "Open House" - 5:21
  2. "Black Rock" - 3:23
  3. "Moonbeam" - 5:11
  4. "Family Affair" (Ulmer, Irene Datcher) - 7:26
  5. "More Blood" - 4:43
  6. "Love Has Two Faces" - 5:29
  7. "Overnight" - 3:26
  8. "Fun House" (Ulmer, Grant Calvin Weston) - 4:53
  9. "We Bop" -2:58



  1. ^ James Blood Ulmer discography accessed July 12, 2010
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed July 12, 2010
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 197. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Margasak, Peter; Graham Flashner (2007). "James Blood Ulmer". Trouser Press. Trouser Press LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2010.