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."
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.