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Rahsaan Roland KIRK – Third Dimension 1956

Posted in JAZZ, Rahsaan Roland KIRK on December 22, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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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Rahsaan Roland KIRK – Compliments Of The Mysterious Phantom 1974

Posted in JAZZ, Rahsaan Roland KIRK on December 11, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Rahsaan Roland KIRK – Compliments Of The Mysterious Phantom 1974
2003 Issue. 9311
Recorded at The Back Door Club, San Diego on November 5, 1974

Jazz

It’s tough after listening to and reviewing a dozen or so great live performances by one artist to pinpoint exactly what makes this one of that one as good as others. It’s more like it’s one point along a continuum of great music and if it’s not immediately distinguishable from all the others, it’s at least at or above a certain level of quality at all times. Song selection is there to scan and certainly doesn’t tell you anything about the playing anyway – which in the pre-stroke Roland Kirk is always amazing. Humor is high here (both musical and in the spoken interludes), hard-blown saxes are at a high too. Multi-horn playing is minimal and it’s light on manzello and stritch, though nose flute has a full feature. Excellent, yet again. I expect nothing less. And if you have some doubts that he’s serious, you should require no more proof than the first two tracks to understand – he’s major. For real.
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Multi-Instrumentalist, Raconteur, Jazz Preacher, Sightless Seeker, American Music Legend. Words only scratch the surface in describing the legendary Rahsaan Roland Kirk, but this recently unearthed concert recording from 1974 paints the entire picture. Compliments of the Mysterious Phantom is the most complete “live” document of Rahsaan since the classic double LP set, Bright Moments. As a jazz artist, Rahsaan had few peers who could so masterfully deliver on as many musical fronts. Beginning with raging power of “Passion Dance,” Kirk’s tenor evokes the spirit of a steel locomotive roaring down the tracks, huge and unstoppable. With a wink and a smile, however, Rahsaan turns on a dime, dropping the listener into a classic ’70s funk groove, stomping and stammering through the “heavy” flute melodies of “Fly Town Nose Blues” and “Bright Moments.” Between songs, Kirk entertains with his now legendary discourses, spinning bits of comedy, philosophy and jazz lure that kept his audience hanging on every word. Finally, in describing Rahsaan’s closing numbers “Blacknuss” and “Freaks For The Festival,” it would be best to draw on the images that the phrase “old time religion” evokes. But nouns, adjectives, metaphors or mere words for that matter, won’t do it justice. Hearing Rahsaan Roland Kirk is believing.
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For those who believed Bright Moments was “it” when it came to Rahsaan Roland Kirk live recordings  meaning that Joel Dorn’s various live Kirk packages have been substandard in comparison, though not without considerable interest  Christmas came early in 2003. Compliments of the Mysterious Phantom (the “phantom” believed to be producer Victor Sheldrake and his henchmen, Kirk biographer John Kruth and Kevin Calabro) is an performance of the Roland Kirk band on the final night of a western tour, recorded in November of 1974 in San Diego. First: sound quality. Excellent. Next question: editing. Very little. Already interested, eh? Even though this has been released on Dorn’s Hyena Records label, which has put out some dodgy stuff in the past  including the infamously substandard Man Who Cried Fire  fans can be assured this is uncharacteristic. It was recorded just a couple of weeks after the sets that became Bright Moments. The band is Kirk, Hilton Ruiz on piano, Henry Pearson on bass, drummer John Goldsmith and a percussionist dubbed “Samson Verge.”

The set starts out with a smoking, completely in your face, blowing version of McCoy Tyner’s “Passion Dance.” It’s all fire as Kirk takes the stage and goes head to head with Ruiz. But just as quickly, the band drifts with very little pause into an absolutely heartbreaking rendition of “My One and Only Love,” until Kirk begins his unaccompanied circular breathing solo that nonetheless stays in the same harmonic range as the main body of the tune — and the solo is one of his best on record. Thankfully, none of Kirk’s speech is edited out of this gig, and when he speaks for the first time, and talks of bringing “bright moments and we bring you ‘miraclized music’,” the great tenderness and brilliance of the man and artist is borne out. Jumping directly into “Fly Town Nose Blues,” on which he jams on the nose flute, Kirk moves through the history of the evolution of blues with a funky Latin backbeat. From there the recording moves into “Volunteered Slavery” and another monologue, and then to a pair of excerpts from “Old Rugged Cross” and “Bright Moments,” before the most amazing rendition of blacknuss ever released to the public. The musical part of the set closes with “Freaks for the Festival,” with unbelievable left-hand work by Ruiz. This is groove jazz from outer space, and should have been playing in the barroom seen in the very first Star Wars movie. Kirk sends it out, talking about how he is not afraid of death and is ready to die  “Bring it on,” bring it on”  the last sound heard is his laughter and then silence. Silence until you let your breath out because you now notice you’ve been holding it in suspense and awe for a very long time.
By Thom Jurek. AMG.
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk- (Flute, Conch Shell, Stritch, Manzello, Tenor Sax, Siren);
Hilton Ruiz- (Piano);
John Goldsmith- (Drums).
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01. Passion Dance (Tyner) 4:41
02. My One and Only Love (Mellin, Wood) 9:43
03. Rahspeak, No. 1 (Kirk) 1:58
04. Fly Town Nose Blues (Kirk) 5:49
05. Volunteered Slavery (Kirk) 7:16
06. Rahspeak, No. 2 (Kirk) 1:30
07. Bright Moments (Kirk) 7:45
08. Old Rugged Cross (Traditional) 3:54
09. Blacknuss (Kirk) 4:51
10. Freaks for the Festival (Kirk) 3:56
11. Rahspeak, No. 3 (Kirk) 0:18
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Rahsaan Roland KIRK – Live Warsaw 1967

Posted in JAZZ, Rahsaan Roland KIRK on December 3, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Rahsaan Roland KIRK – Live Warsaw 1967
Warsaw, October 14, 1967 (FM)

Jazz

Rahsaan Roland Kirk- Flute, Tenor Sax, Stritch, Manzello, Clarinet, Vocals
Ron Burton- Piano
Steve Novosel- Bass
Jimmy Hopps- Drums
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01. Creole Love Call 9:04
02. The Inflated Tear 6:08
03. Three for the Festival 6:04
04. Blues for C&T 4:22
05. My Ship 5:52
06. Lovellevelliloqui 6:53
07. Unknown Title 0:57
08. Cousin Mary (a) 2:01
09. Cousin Mary (b) 7:40
10. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be 3:21
11. Fly By Night 7:44
12. You Did It, You Did It-Ow! 9:26
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