I paid under £10 for this amazing double CD.
My appreciation for Roland Kirk began after finding out that he played the flute on Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova, and that he also played on Charles Mingus' Eat That Chicken. I felt him to be an amazing sideman.
I also discovered via an excellent album, Eric Burden declares War, that Kirk was appreciated amongst the 60s rock cognoscenti, and War perform an excellent tribute to Kirk. Likewise, Kirk was covered by Jethro Tull on their first album, This Was, with Serenade to A Cuckoo: of which a live version appears on this compilation. Furthermore, I was also familiar with Derek Trucks' Band version of Volunteered Slavery from their album Songlines. Youtube also has footage of Kirk performing with Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy from a 1969 concert.
This 2cd set highlights material from the last 12 years of Kirk's life, and features amazing soul-jazz tracks like Making Love After Hours, free jazz tracks like A Tribute to John Coltrane, and a short cover of Ain't No Sunshine, which shows Kirk to be more than familiar with modern pop. There's also some excellent jazz-fusion with Seasons and Pedal Up, and a wonderful duet with Al Hibbler on Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me.
Why is Roland Kirk so great ? His blindness is a factor, but also the fact that he could move from one genre of jazz to another. You can even discern New Orleans marching jazz on The Black & Crazy Blues, and The Inflated Tear. The man was an underrated giant in jazz, and I would recommend purchase of this album. After all, Bjork, Paul Weller, Ian Anderson, Derek Trucks, Robert Wyatt, Eric Burden, and Jack Bruce cannot be wrong.