Personnel: James Blood Ulmer (vocals, electric guitar); Charlie Burnham (violin); Warren Benbow (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bob Musso.
Recording information: Orange Bear Studios, West Orange, NJ (05/12/2005-05/18/2005).
Photographer: Alan Nahigian.
Originally released in 2005, BACK IN TIME marks the reunion of revered downtown avant-garde guitarist James Blood Ulmer with his Odyssey band, Charles Burnham on violin and Warren Benbow on drums. Blending funk, free jazz harmolodics, blues, and world accents, with an off-kilter spiritualism, BACK IN TIME is one of the finest examples of Ulmer's eclectic, visionary, and deeply personal approach to music making. The album was reissued on Pi in 2007.
Entertainment Weekly (No. 852, p.83) - "...[B]arbed, lyrical, mostly instrumental blues-funk jams..." - Grade: B
The Wire (p.49) - "Using only three instruments, Odyssey encompasses a significant swathe of American music. This is a masterpiece."
Down Beat (p.60) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This music is filled with such vibrant forward-thinking ways that you won't soon forget it."