Hiram Bullock – Late Night Talk (1997) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:46 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,26 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,17 GB
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Though he passed from cancer in 2008 at the young age of 52, jazz and rock guitarist Hiram Bullock lives on in the music he left behind. A music lover from the start, he played saxophone and bass guitar before claiming his place as a guitarist at the age of 16. He went on to appear on several albums with saxophonist David Sanborn, as well as other artists’ session for record producer Phil Ramone. Mr. Bullock later started the 24th Street Band and the group made three albums. The 24th Street Band made several appearances on “Late Night With David Letterman” whenever Letterman’s keyboardist Paul Shaffer needed a band. Shaffer dubbed them The World’s Most Dangerous Band while Mr. Bullock, himself, earned the nickname “The Barefoot Guitarist”. Those joining Mr. Bullock for the Late Night Talk album include organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke on electric and acoustic vibs, acoustic bassist Ed Howard and Idris Muhammad on drums.
Hiram Bullock claimed that he had never done a “jazz” album before this – which is a debatable proposition depending upon how limiting your definition of jazz is. What counts is that he has come up with a beautiful album, drenched in soul-jazz yet touching upon popular music genres as well. Bullock didn’t have to change much, utilizing his subdued and rock-tinged guitar styles at will, occasionally bursting out in full rock regalia and making tasty use of electronic additives. Bullock has also written some fairly interesting songs – music and lyrics – singing them in a somewhat lusterless voice. There is a nice, literal, mellow cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Creepin’,” which is finally emerging as one of Stevie’s most striking masterpieces of the ’70s, as well as a jaunty cover of Stanley Turrentine’s “Sugar.” His somewhat depoliticized take on David Crosby’s “Long Time Gone” is quite moving, with its reharmonized vamp and atmospheric organ washes. Two-thirds of the rhythm section comes from the heart of ’60s soul-jazz, Dr. Lonnie Smith on Hammond B-3 organ and Idris Muhammad on drums, and Joe Locke contributes a good deal of the jazz flavor on vibes (Ed Howard is on bass). Though made for the Japanese market, this Venus album can be found in good import bins in large U.S. cities.
01. I Got A Rite
02. Long Time Gone
03. All Fall Down
06. Late Night Talk With You
08. Gotta Get Your Jollys
09. Now It’s Time (To Sing The Blues)
10. Here’s That Rainy Day
Produced & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Co-Produced by Hiram Bullock.
Engineered & Mixed by Mike Krowiak. Recorded & Mixed at RPM Studio on December 9-13, 1996, in NY.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-163.
Hiram Bullock – guitars, keyboards, vocals
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammopnd B-3 organ
Joe Locke – electric vibs, acoustic vibs
Ed Howard – acoustic bass
Idris Muhammad – drums