The extraordinary multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk(1936-1977) was in superb form for these studio sessions recorded in New York on August 16 & 17, 1961.
With Kirk(tenor sax, flute, stritch, manzello & siren) were Richard Wyands or Hank Jones(piano); Art Davis or Wendell Marshall(bass) & Charli Persip(drums).
The ten memorable tracks are mainly influenced by bop & blues and include seven Kirk originals. Highlights are Kirk's astonishing flute playing on 'Three For The Festival' & 'You Did It, You Did It', his Sonny Rollins-like tenor playing on 'Some Kind Of Love', Charlie Parker's 'Blues For Alice'(2 takes) and the wonderful title track based on the Christmas carol 'We Three Kings'.
'We Free Kings' is one of Kirk's finest albums and deserves a place in any modern jazz collection.