The 1998 reissue of THE INFLATED TEAR contains all the original tracks and liner notes, plus additional tracks and rare photos.
Personnel: Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, whistle, English horn, flexafone); Dick Griffith (trombone); Ron Burton (piano); Steve Novosel (bass); Jimmy Hopps (drums).
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York on November 27 & 30, 1967. Originally released on Atlantic (1502). Includes liner notes by "Casey" Bailey.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
For his 1967 debut session with Atlantic Records after a long and fruitful association with Mercury, legendary multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk (he added the Rahsaan in 1969) wasted no time in establishing himself at his new home--three of this album's nine songs are among Kirk's all-time classics. The melancholy yet not mournful title track is one of Kirk's most beautiful works, while the sprightly flute showcase "A Laugh for Rory," dedicated to his young son, is as charming as its obvious predecessor, 1964's "Serenade to a Cuckoo." In addition, the fiery opener, "The Black and Crazy Blues," features some of Kirk's most aggressive playing. Backed by a nimble trio led by longtime associate Ron Burton on piano, Kirk is as unpredictably brilliant in a variety of genres and on a variety of instruments as ever. THE INFLATED TEAR is Roland Kirk at his best.