About Hiram Bullock
Hiram Bullock (September 11, 1955 - July 25, 2008) was an American jazz funk and jazz fusion guitarist.
He was born in Osaka, Japan to African - American military parents. He is most notable for his time on The David Letterman Show and work with David Sanborn. He also did work for Marcus Miller, Carla Bley, Miles Davis, Ruben Rada (on the album "Montevideo") and Gil Evans.
He recorded as a member of the 24th Street Band, who released 3 albums : 24th Street Band (1979) / Share Your Dreams (1980) / Bokutachi (1981).
In 1982 he released his debut-album, called First Class Vagabond, which was exclusively distributed for the Japanese music-market by the JVC-Victor Company, and later re-issued on CD.
In 1986 Bullock released his first album as a leader for Atlantic Records called From All Sides, followed by the albums Give It What You Got in 1987, and Way Kool in 1990. Shortly after the Atlantic-albums, he recorded a few tracks from those specific sessions for a live-event at the NYC-located Indigo Blues Venue, in order to eventually release it on laser-disc and dvd for the commercial market in Japan. His liveband from the Indigo Blues-sessions include : Dave Delhomme (keyboards) , Steve Logan (bass guitar), Steven Wolf (drums). The setlist of the Indigo Blues-performance :
1 - Introduction / 2 - Gotta Get Your Jollys / 3 - What About Me / 4 - Angelina / 5 - Another Night / 6 - Cactus / 7 - Never Give Up / 8 - Wolfman / 9 - Show Me / 10 - Them Changes + Funky Broadway / ( total time: 60 minutes )
He had his own signature model guitar made by Cort, the HBS-II, which has a humbucker/single coil/humbucker pick-up arrangement and a maple neck. It also has Sperzel tuners and only comes in a tobacco burst finish.
Bullock died on July 25, 2008 from complications related to throat cancer.