To me, the sign of a truly great musician is if their playing tells you exactly who they are. I can’t remember ever being surprised by a great musician. When I finally got to meet Wayne Shorter or Miles or Bootsy Collins or any of the bad cats I’ve met, they were always exactly who I expected them to be based on listening to their music.
This was never truer than with Hiram Bullock. His guitar was truly his voice, an extension of his soul. In some ways, the notes he played on the guitar were a more transparent window into Hiram than his actual words.