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Sandy Bull

Fantasias For Guitar and Banjo

Alternative Fox

Released: 19th January 2021

LP£14.99Out of Stock

Sandy Bull's debut album from 1963 was lightyears ahead of much of the contemporary music around the young guitar/stringed instrument player. Recorded with Ornette Coleman's drummer Billy Higgins, Bull's music still sounds fresh and pure even if it is a blend of eastern tonalities, improvised takes on western classical motifs and some beautifully synchronized, telepathic playing between the guitar/banjo and percussion. Blend, the opener, is a loosely improvised side-long piece that is notable for its space, precision and slowly developing drama. It's really incredible to think this music was released some years before Indian music and scales had begun to influence western musicians. The gear shift on Blend, when Higgins and Bull fully take flight is a masterclass on tripped out acoustic trance, with a pleasing swinging tendancy on the hats. On the flip Bull is flying solo but maintains the drone with harmonic string hits flying perpendicular and picks up guitar on Gospel Tune for a shimmering, bluesy piece that makes its own space to slide into.