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This review is from: Jazz Icons - Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Live In '63 And '67 [DVD]   (DVD)
Thank God someone had the good sense (or good fortune) to keep these old films. This DVD clearly shows that multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk was a 'king' and not the 'clown' that many jazz commentators labelled him during his life-time. The three concerts featured here show Kirk on top form, backed by great trios. The straight-ahead style of Kirk's playing on this DVD is from his "pre-Rahsaan/avante-garde" period and is foot-stompingly accessible. Naxos has done a great job in resurrecting these films. Given the age and the technology available to the original film-makers both the picture and sound quality are excellent, although the filming at the 1967 Norway concert was pretty unimaginative. The 23-page booklet that comes with this DVD gives some excellent information about both the man and these concerts (something which other music DVD production companies could do with copying). If you like this DVD, try to get hold of Roland Kirk's 1961 records "We Free Kings" (tunes from which are featured on this DVD) and "Kirks Work".
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