|Tags:||jazz piano jazz piano free jazz post free jazz|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Don Gabriel Pullen, 25 December 1941, Roanoke, Virginia, USA, d. 22 April 1995, New York City, New York, USA. After playing piano in church, accompanying gospel singers, Pullen worked in various R&B bands before turning to jazz. In the early 60s he studied with Muhal Richard Abrams, and Giuseppi Logan, with whom he made his recording debut in 1964. Pullen also continued to work in R&B and related fields, occasionally working with Albert Ayler and saxophonist Sil Austin but usually as accompanist to singers, often playing organ, and in 1970 he joined Nina Simone for a year. In the meantime, he led his own small bands and formed a long-standing partnership with Milford Graves, recording with him on the SRP label they ran together. In the early 70s he joined Charles Mingus, appearing onMingus At Carnegie Hall andChanges, and played briefly with Art Blakey.
Later in the decade he played with Sam Rivers and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago....