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Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a brilliant showman, a first-rate player and one of the most innovative musicians of the 20th century. I know of few people who've come into contact with his music and haven't been moved by it. He was taken from us far too early but fortunately we have an extensive body of work, which enables us to measure his genius. He is usually labelled as a 'jazz' musician, but labeling Mr Kirk is a huge mistake as he's impossible to categorize. He called what he played 'Black Classical Music' and it incorporates elements of modern jazz, New Orleans jazz, classical, soul, pop, avant-garde, blues etc. For some time, he was regarded by some fans of modern jazz as a 'circus act' but over time this has become less so. I've never heard ANY jazz musician disrespect him so and I've worked with some well-known jazzers. Ian Dury, amongst others, was a massive fan and had nearly as many albums by Roland as I lol.
If you're already a fan, you'll probably know these albums and perhaps have them on vinyl. Kirkatron is one of his later albums, which was largely embraced by the movers and shakers of rock style, as well as the more progressive jazz establishment. Boogie Woogie was put together from tracks already recorded , after his passing and with the full co-operation of his widow Dorthaan. If you haven't heard Kirk's work before, it might seem odd to commence your journey by starting at the end, but anywhere is a great place to start, when we are dealing with one of the greatest musicians ever to walk this Earth.