Rahsaan Roland KIRK – Third Dimension 1956

Rahsaan Roland KIRK – Third Dimension 1956
1990 Issue.

Jazz

Triple Threat is the debut album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk originally released on the King label in 1956, rereleased on the Bethlehem label as Third Dimension and on the Affinity label as Early Roots. The original album received limited distribution and only became widely known after it was rereleased a few years prior to Kirk’s death. It features performances by Kirk with James Madison, Carl Pruitt and Henry Duncan. The album features the first recorded examples of Kirk’s trademark playing of multiple wind instruments at the same time as well as two tracks (“Stormy Weather” and “The Nearness of You”) where he overdubbed manzello and tenor saxophone. Kirk would later state that the album “was about the third overdub record in black classical music”.
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November 9, 1956 and Introducing Roland Kirk, recorded for Argo in Chicago on June 7, 1960. The earlier session, which took place when Kirk was a virtually unknown 20-year-old, contains examples of the “three horns in one mouth” phenomenon (hence the phrase “Triple Threat”) and relatively uncommon instances of Kirk being overdubbed (particularly effective during Kirk’s heartfelt rendering of “Stormy Weather”). On his debut album Kirk played tenor saxophone, manzello (a straight soprano with an angled bell), and stritch (a straightened out alto); he was accompanied by pianist Jimmy Madison, bassist Carl Pruitt, and drummer Henry “Hank” Duncan (Third Dimension, incidentally, was the title of an original King reissue of the Triple Threat album).
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November 9, 1956 and Introducing Roland Kirk, recorded for Argo in Chicago on June 7, 1960. The earlier session, which took place when Kirk was a virtually unknown 20-year-old, contains examples of the “three horns in one mouth” phenomenon (hence the phrase “Triple Threat”) and relatively uncommon instances of Kirk being overdubbed (particularly effective during Kirk’s heartfelt rendering of “Stormy Weather”). On his debut album Kirk played tenor saxophone, manzello (a straight soprano with an angled bell), and stritch (a straightened out alto); he was accompanied by pianist Jimmy Madison, bassist Carl Pruitt, and drummer Henry “Hank” Duncan (Third Dimension, incidentally, was the title of an original King reissue of the Triple Threat album).
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Roland Kirk- Tenor Sax, Manzello, Flute, Stritch
James Madison- Piano
Carl Pruitt- Bass
Henry Duncan- Drums
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01. Roland’s Theme 2:51
02. Slow Groove 6:52
03. Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) 4:38
04. The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) 5:34
05. A La Carte 2:22
06. Easy Living (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) 4:40
07. Triple Threat 2:29
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