The Scottish music writer Rob Adams once described Glasgow guitar legend Jim Mullen’s right thumb as the best blues singer the city ever produced. When you hear Jim play you can understand exactly what he means, Jim’s tone is rich and warm and exudes a soulful quality which coupled with his smooth, bluesy lines and graceful bebop licks make him a formidable player and it is clear to see how he has won so many British music awards including “Best Guitar” in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000).
Jim’s career played with Brian Augers Oblivion Express in the early 1970’s, appearing on the bands first three albums. It was here he met drummer Robbie McIntosh who later form the Average White Band. After a spell with Kokomo Jim too joined the Average White Band. Whilst touring in the USA in the mid-70s Jim met saxophonist Dick Morrissey and throughout the 1980s, he found critical notice as joint leader of the British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen. Record producer Richard Niles, who produced the band’s sixth album, It’s About Time, later produced three solo albums for Mullen.
As well as forging a successful solo career Jim has also recorded with many others including Mose Allison, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O’Higgins and Georgie Fame