Friday, 21 May 2010

Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff "Kirk's Work" Re-Uploaded

Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff

"Kirk's Work"
( LP Prestige Records, 1966 )
Catalog # 7450

A1 - Three For Dizzy 5:05
A2 - Makin Whoopee 5:05
A3 - Funk Underneath 6:11
B1 - Kirk's Work 3:50
B2 - Doin' The Sixty-Eight 4:15
B3 - Too Late Now 3:50
B4 - Skaters Waltz 4:20

Personnel & Credits:
Bass - Joe Benjamin
Drums - Art Taylor
Mastered By [Remastered] - Phil De Lancie
Organ - Jack McDuff
Other [Liner Notes] - Jack McKinney
Other [Supervision] - Esmond Edwards
Recorded By - Rudy Van Gelder
Saxophone [Tenor], Flute, Saxophone [Strich], Saxophone [Manzello] - Roland Kirk

This is one of Roland Kirk's earlier recordings, and in my opinion, the first true masterpiece in his catalog. The format is a quartet with soul-jazz organ player Jack McDuff. Brother Jack's presence here tells you exactly what kind of sound the album has-- bop-tinged soul-jazz with little of the experimentalism that Kirk would later use. However, few are more soulful than Kirk, and even if the album isn't a conceptual advance, it is a masterpiece of straight-ahead soul jazz. Kirk has been both praised and criticized for playing multiple horns at once, but the most important thing to know about him is that when he used this trick, it didn't even sound that odd. It just sounded like there were more horn players than there really were. His tone when playing multiple horns wasn't as clean, but he didn't actually do it very often. When he soloed, he concentrated on one horn, and when playing soul jazz, he was every bit as soulful as Cannonball Adderley, or any of your other favorites. The man could even make a FLUTE swing, as he does here on Funk Underneath, which foreshadows his flute-based album, I Talk With The Spirits. However, while his playing on this album was rooted in the emerging soul jazz sounds of the time, his phrasing reached back throughout the history of jazz, and one can hear echos of earlier eras. Nobody was more aware of the history of jazz than Kirk, so it isn't surprising that just a few years after this album was recorded, he would push the genre as far as anyone else. This one ranks up with Rip, Rig and Panic, Return of the 5000 Lb. Man, Bright Moments etc. as one of Kirk's masterpieces.
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Original post: 26-Aug-09.

By Celo


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Bill said...

Tahnks for the share Celo.

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