Hiram Bullock – Late Night Talk (Full Album)

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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.

Track listing:
1 I Got a Rite
Songwriter, Composed By – Hiram Bullock
2 Long Time Gone
Songwriter, Composed By – David Crosby
3 All Fall Down
Songwriter, Composed By – Hiram Bullock
4 Creepin’
Songwriter, Composed By – Stevie Wonder
5 Sugar
Songwriter, Composed By – Stanley Turrentine
6 Late Night Talk with You
Songwriter, Composed By – Hiram Bullock
7 Morning
Composed By – Clare Fischer
8 Gotta Get Your Jollys
Songwriter, Composed By – Hiram Bullock, Ricky Peterson
9 Now It´s Time (To Sing The Blues)
Songwriter, Composed By – Hiram Bullock, Steve Logan
10 Here´s That Rainy Day
Composed By – Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics By – Johnny Burke

Ed Howard – bass
Idris Muhammad – drums
Hiram Bullock – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Organ B-3
Joe Locke – vibraphone


Label: Venus Records
Format: CD, Album
Country: Japan
Released: 1997

Jazz, Funk / Soul