Inflated Tear Import
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The Inflated Tear' from 1967,is one of many great albums from Kirk. The music is quirky, warm and mellow and then ferociously passionate and joyful. Kirk is never predictable and there is no discernible formula at work. His melodies and solos merge into each other so that the listener is taken on a musical journey where themes appear and mutate over time, leaving the listener gasping at the imaginative powers on display. This isn't a 'blowing' kind of album. Each tune is carefully thought out, but there is plenty of room individual contribution. Lovers of Ellington, Coltrane, Dolphy or Mingus will find lots to enjoy here. Try the Gospel flavoured 'The Inflated Tear' ,featuring some beautiful piano from Ron Burton, it might be the best thing on the album and certainly gives a good idea of what to expect from the other tracks. Recommended.
There's not a single bad or average track on this album: from the chilled opener "Black and Crazy Blues" through the manic, aggressive "Many Blessings" to the tortured, melancholy title track, this album is pure five star jazz.
If you're a saxophonist then there's no excuse for not owning this album. And if you're not a saxophonist, buy this, and you may well want to be!
before I actually started listening to him I was a bit suspicious about his multiinstrumentalism, but he uses his numerous (and often strange) horns and whistles as a musician - there is nothing flashy or inflated in what I heard of him so far (incidently; the title of the album refers to Kirk's medical problems connected to his blindness...).
But, if you want to know, on the cover of this fine Atlantic album they say he plays tenor sax, Manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, whistle AND "English horn or flexafone"...
The rest of the group are Ron Burton (p), Steve Novosel (b) and Jimmy Hopps (dm), plus Dick Griffith (tb) on "Fly by Night".
With Kirk(tenor sax, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, whistle, English horn, flexafone) were Ron Burton(piano); Steve Novosel(bass) & Jimmy Hopps(drums). Trombonist Dick Griffith is added on 'Fly By Night'.
The nine varied and memorable tracks include eight Kirk originals and an impassioned version of Duke Ellington's 'The Creole Love Call'.
Other highlights are Kirk's beautiful flute on 'Fingers In The wind', the LSD-influenced title-track and the exuberant 'Lovellevelliloqui'.
Although there are 'wilder' Kirk albums, 'The Inflated Tear' is an ideal introduction to his work.
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This was the first LP I ever heard by Roland Kirk (1936-77) and I've loved it on vinyl and on CD.
On this 1967 date he's accompanied by a relatively obscure group of... Read more