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Rahsaan Roland Kirk Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: WB
  • ASIN: B0040OUV4W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Sound 4 July 2007
By K2
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album over 25 years ago and I was blown away by it and I've been looking for it on and off for years and so thank goodness for broadband and Amazon and at last I've got it and its wonderful!! Roland Kirk is a brilliant musician who plays with brilliant musicians and this album is no exception. The first track - Theme for the Eulipians - is amazing and the voice of Betty Neals is like liquid gold! Add it to your collection or if you've never heard any Kirk before - start with this one - its Magick!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational rahsaan 21 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
if you don't know kirk check him on youtube. he was blinded young in an accident (the inflated tear) & i think had a kidney ailment, yet created the most extraordinary music playing 3 or 4 instruments at once, nose flute, whistle & saxes, including stritch & manzello.

this was not facile showmanship, despite the criticism of ignorant clowns, one of whom called him a clown. his goal was joy in music. one of his record titles 'rip rig & panic' was assumed by a group whose members included don cherry's daughter neneh & he was an inspiration to many, including trevor watts who is a superb exponent of the circulatory breathing technique which kirk managed so effortlessly.

late in his career, as if he had not already suffered sufficient adversity, he had a stroke & on recovery was paralysed, losing the use of one side of his body. undaunted he had his saxophone converted to be played with one hand & this is the recording that he made on his return.

you don't need to know this to appreciate this effortlessly beautiful music, but you should.

i am glad to find it available again because somehow i mislaid the vinyl copy i used to own & i'm going to buy it again, right now. you should too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing songs from a great musician 31 Dec 2006
By Dr. Scott C. Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this music when I was in University in the 70's and I had a radio show devoted to Jazz. I went up to Montral to see Roland Kirk at "In Concert", a jazz club with some big players.

I left at 1 AM in a daze after hearing magic come from this man, playing 2 recorder in each of nostrils, using circular breathing to hold a note indefinitly and playing 2 saxes at the same time-harmonizing with HIMSELF!!!

This CD is one of my favorites and not only is it musically enchanting, but has humor to it as well.

Enjoy it-

Scott Lawrence

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thasan was the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 Jun 2009
By C. Katz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like Mingus Rhasaan was in many ways unclassifiable.Hard bop?Maybe.Avant Garde?Well yeah but never losing site of the foundations.Here among so many great LP's is him doing old and new (for th time) standards.As Mingus's whole career was unique yet as I have said before a love letter to Duke you could say the same about Rhasaan.After Pops,Duke,Bird&Diz,Mingus,Miles,and 'Trane you could put Rhasaan on the greatest ever list (especially if you think I should be putting Sun Ra among th best of all time).And here from "Sweet Georgia Brown" to Giant Steps" and great vocal added version of "Good Bye Pork Pie Hat" you are lsitening to a history lesson but unlike some classes in your past you never want the bell to ring and have it just go on and on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eulipilon : journey agent 19 Jan 2008
By msteak racecar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Theme for the Eulipions:

" ..if there were no song
you will have this song
to give warmth at night
and to keep you strong..."

Get this gem session, you will not be disappointed with the quality of music & the big round straight/multiphonics voice of Roland... if you can get your hand on a vinyl issue, Sweet Georgia Brown and other standards wouldn't sound any more euphoric than those recorded here.
4.0 out of 5 stars hauntingly brilliant 14 Mar 2014
By Jnanda Moksha Brahmananda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
being a fellow eulipion I get this album / cd and all of its nuances. a very interesting and eclectic blend of styles and genres. a must for jazz enthusiasts. Namaste'
5.0 out of 5 stars 5000 pound man 28 Nov 2011
By H. Hearn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Roland Kirk by any name is one of the greatest phenomena to play and compose jazz in the whole 20th century, a man of incomparable musical talents, great humor and humility, he reportedly ate saxophones for breakfast. If you know Jazz you already knew this, if you're new to jazz, get all of his records and you will soon be searching out the rest of the great masters of the idiom. It's too constricting to say he played hard bop, while that's the prevalence, his style is personal and all-encompassing. He even puts the most excellent lyrics to Mingus' "Goodbye Pork pie Hat" and Coltrane's "Giant Steps". (Joni Mitchell's Lyrics to pork pie belie the fact she was clueless as to what the song was about).
Jazz is the teacher, funk is the preacher! (James Blood Ulmer)
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