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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

CD Review: Spirits Up Above The Rahsaan Roland Kirk Anthology The Atlantic Years 1965-1976 Rahsaan Roland Kirk

(Review by Russell).
Spirits Up Above is a timely release. December 2012 marks the thirty fifth anniversary of the death of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Rhino Records’ double CD surveys the Whistleman’s recorded output for the Atlantic record label over a thirteen year period up to the year before his untimely death. Studio cuts and in concert performances remind the listener of the constants in Kirk’s work; respect for the tradition (New Orleans to Ellington to Mingus to Coltrane), the church, the blues, swing, bop, excellent sidemen – especially the pianists. 

Key albums Here Comes the Whistleman, The Inflated Tear, Blacknuss, Volunteered Slavery and The Case of the Three-Sided Dream in Audio Color make for a cornucopia of riches. 
The selected sides serve as a good introduction to Kirk the instrumentalist; The Black and Crazy Blues, The Inflated Tear, Lovellevelliloqui, A Tribute to John Coltrane, Blacknuss and Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies. To describe Kirk as a multi instrumentalist doesn’t tell half the story. On Something for Trane That Trane Could Have Said from the album Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata Kirk plays tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet, pipes, harmonium, piccolo, bass drums, thundersheet, cymbal bells, music box, palms, timpani, gong and bird sounds! 
Swinging blues piano features across the twenty two tracks from first call players Lonnie Liston Smith, Jaki Byard, Ron Burton, Hank Jones (Do Nothin’ Till You Here From Me with old school tenor from Kirk) and Hilton Ruiz. Those fortunate to have heard Kirk live will tell you it was an unforgettable experience - Newcastle 1976 was one such occasion – and it is, perhaps, the in concert tracks on this new release that give the best indication of Kirk’s visceral stage presence and  performance. Kirk on vinyl is regularly on the turntable of this reviewer. Kirk on CD is the next best thing and Spirits Up Above on Rhino Records with liner notes by Kevin Le Gendre is released on Saturday 18th August. Heartily recommended.
Russell.                        

1 comment :

Lance said...

Russell, as one who is also fortunate to have heard
Roland Kirk live (in his pre Rahsaan days i.e. 1960s when he was unhampered by disability)I can concur that this man live was an incredible performer.
I heard him at one of the Durham colleges and, to this day, it is on my list of all time greatest concerts.

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