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Roland Kirk/Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Complete Recordings: 1956-1962 [Box]

Track List

>Roland's Theme
>Slow Groove
>Stormy Weather
>Nearness of You, The
>A la Carte
>Easy Living
>Triple Threat
>Call, The
>Soul Station
>Our Waltz
>Our Love Is Here to Stay
>Spirit Girl
>Jack the Ripper
>Three for the Festival
>Moon Song
>Sack Full of Soul, A
>Haunted Melody, The
>Blues for Alice
>We Free Kings
>You Did It, You Did It
>Some Kind of Love
>My Delight
>Three for Dizzy
>Makin' Whoopee
>Funk Underneath
>Kirk's Work
>Doin' the Sixty Eight
>Too Late Now
>Skaters Waltz
>Meeting on Termini's Corner
>Stritch in Time, A
>3-in-1 Without the Oil
>Get Out of Town
>I Believe in You
>Soul Bossa Nova
>Boogie Stop Shuffle
>Manha de Carnaval
>Se e Tarde Me Perdoa
>On the Street Where You Live
>One Note Samba
>Lalo Bosso Nova
>Chega de Saudade
>Taste of Honey, A
>Moon Ray
>Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
>Snap Crackle
>If I Should Lose You
>Long Wharf
>Some Other Spring
>Stitt's Tune
>I See with My Third "I"
>Medley: If I Had You/Alone Together/For Heaven's Sake
>Afternoon in Paris
>Lady "E"

Album Notes

Of the eight albums compiled on this Enlightenment box set, five of them belong under Roland Kirk's name as a leader. They include Triple Threat (1956, King), Introducing Roland Kirk (1960, Argo, with Ira Sullivan), Kirk's Work (1961, Prestige, with Jack McDuff), We Free Kings (Mercury, 1961), and Domino (Mercury, 1962). There are also three dates on which he is a featured soloist. Of these, Quincy Jones' Big Band Bossa Nova, while a fine recording, is completely unnecessary in this context. Better is the Roy Haynes Quartet's Out of the Afternoon from Impulse! Records in 1962, with pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Henry Grimes. But the best of these non-Kirk-led dates, however, is Tubby Hayes' Tubby's Back in Town, from 1962 on Smash. It placed Kirk in heavy duty company. The British saxophonist/leader plays tenor and vibes, James Moody (as "Jimmy Gloomy") also plays tenor, and the rhythm section features pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Kirk plays not only tenor but also manzello, flute, and nose flute, and adds immeasurably to the force and texture of the record. There are 62 tracks on these four discs, and the sound is decent, but not remastered. The set is exceptionally cheap. One thing the consumer should be aware of, however, is that Enlightenment, being a British label, is not bound by the same copyright laws as the United States, and neither the artists nor their estates see compensation from this reissue. ~ Thom Jurek


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