Blacknuss

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
From its opening bars, with Bill Salter's bass and Rahsaan's flute passionately playing Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," you know this isn't an ordinary Kirk album were any of them?. As the string section, electric piano, percussion, and Cornel Dupree's guitar slip in the back door, one can feel the deep soul groove Kirk is bringing to the jazz fore here. As the tune fades just two and a half minutes later, the scream of Kirk's tenor comes wailing through the intro of Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On," with a funk backdrop and no wink in the corner -- he's serious. With Richard Tee's drums kicking it, the strings developing into a wall of tension in the backing mix, and ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
From its opening bars, with Bill Salter's bass and Rahsaan's flute passionately playing Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," you know this isn't an ordinary Kirk album were any of them?. As the string section, electric piano, percussion, and Cornel Dupree's guitar slip in the back door, one can feel the deep soul groove Kirk is bringing to the jazz fore here. As the tune fades just two and a half minutes later, the scream of Kirk's tenor comes wailing through the intro of Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On," with a funk backdrop and no wink in the corner -- he's serious. With Richard Tee's drums kicking it, the strings developing into a wall of tension in the backing mix, and Charles McGhee's trumpet hurling the long line back at Kirk, all bets are off -- especially when they medley the mother into "Mercy Mercy Me." By the time they reach the end of the Isleys' "I Love You, Yes I Do," with the whistles, gongs, shouting, soul crooning, deep groove hustling, and greasy funk dripping from every sweet-assed note, the record could be over because the world has already turned over and surrendered -- and the album is only ten minutes old! Blacknuss, like The Inflated Tear, Volunteered Slavery, Rip, Rig and Panic, and I Talk to the Spirits, is Kirk at his most visionary. He took the pop out of pop and made it Great Black Music. He took the jazz world down a peg to make it feel its roots in the people's music, and consequently made great jazz from pop tunes in the same way his forbears did with Broadway show tunes. While the entire album shines like a big black sun, the other standouts include a deeply moving read of "My Girl" and a version of "The Old Rugged Cross" that takes it back forever from those white fundamentalists who took all the blood and sweat from its grain and replaced them with cheap tin and collection plates. On Kirk's version, grace doesn't come cheap, though you can certainly be a poor person to receive it. Ladies and gents, Blacknuss is as deep as a soul record can be and as hot as a jazz record has any right to call itself. A work of sheer blacknuss!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227317126
  • Catalog Number: 273171
  • Sales rank: 110,782

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roland Kirk Primary Artist
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Flute, Guitar, Trumpet, Gong, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Whistle (Instrument), Stritch, Manzello, Indexed Contributor
Mickey Tucker Organ
Cissy Houston Vocals
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Dick Griffin Trombone
Arthur Jenkins Conga, Cabasa
Richard Landrum Conga
Keith Loving Guitar
Charles McGhee Trumpet
Khalil Mhrdi Drums
Henry Pearson Bass
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Bill Salter Bass
Sonelius Smith Piano
Richard Tee Piano
Joe Habad Texidor Percussion
Billy Butler Guitar
Arthur Jenkins Jr. Conga, Cabasa
Princess Patience Burton Vocals
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Arranger, Composer, Personnel
Mickey Tucker Personnel
Renaldo Benson Composer
Cissy Houston Personnel
Al Cleveland Composer
Cornell Dupree Personnel
Joel Dorn Producer
Dick Griffin Personnel
Lewis Hahn Engineer, Remixing
Richard Landrum Personnel
Bob Liftin Engineer, Remixing
Keith Loving Personnel
Charles McGhee Personnel
Khalil Mhrdi Personnel
Gene Paul Remastering
Henry Pearson Personnel
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Personnel
Bill Salter Personnel
Sonelius Smith Personnel
Richard Tee Personnel
Joe Habad Texidor Personnel
William Robinson Composer
Arthur Jenkins Jr. Personnel
Ray Ross Cover Photo
Haig Adishian Cover Design
Princess Patience Burton Personnel
Bob Lifton Engineer
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