This marvellous CD combines two quartet albums by the multi-instrumentalis Rahsaan Roland Kirk(1936-1977).
'Rip, Rig and Panic'(tracks 1-7) was recorded in New Jersey on January 13, 1965 with Kirk(tenor saxophone, manzello, flute, oboe, stritch, castanets & siren) and a superb rhythm section of Jaki Byard(piano), Richard Davis(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums).
Kirk's idiosyncratic music is steeped in the jazz tradition and highlights of the seven tracks are the tribute to Lester Young 'No Tonic Pres', 'From Bechet, Byas and Fats' and the title-track(with breaking glass!).
'Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith'(tracks 8-15) was recorded in New Jersey during April, 1967 with Kirk(tenor saxophone, flute, stritch & manzello), Lonnie Liston Smith(piano), Ronald Boykins(bass) & Grady Tate(drums).
While not on the same high level as 'R, R & P' this is an enjoyable and varied session that's been unjustly overlooked.
All in all, this 67-minute CD is an ideal introduction to Kirk's extraordinary musical talents.