Sandy Bull

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
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25 February 1941, New York City, New York, USA, d. 11 April 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Having learned to play guitar at the age of eight, Bull gravitated to banjo, which he studied under Erik Darling, one of the instrument’s leading practitioners. The young musician became immersed in folk circles while studying composition at Boston University, and later began adapting such forms to accommodate elements drawn from different traditions, including jazz, Arabic and Indian. He returned to New York in 1961 where he worked with the Washington Square Singers and performed solo in Greenwich Village cafes. His debut, Sandy Bull (Fantasias For Guitar And Banjo), featured accompaniment from Billy Higgins, drummer with avant garde saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Its highlight, arguably, was ‘Blend’, a lengthy composition based on modal scale improvisation and hinged to a revelatory pattern of drone-like figures. This inventive, freewheeling style was...

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