Kirkatron/Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This issue combines two late-period Rahsaan Roland Kirk albums: Kirkatron, begun shortly before the major stroke that debilitated him and shortened his life, and Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real, his first attempt at a comeback and his final recording. Kirkatron hosts three tunes recorded for it, and nine more that were outtakes from the preceding 5000 Lb. Man sessions, and a few from the Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival concert. As such it does contain a number of tunes that define the man at the height of his powers including a cover of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade," the live "Serenade to a Cuckoo," and a fine "Bright Moments." His bandmates on the date include a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This issue combines two late-period Rahsaan Roland Kirk albums: Kirkatron, begun shortly before the major stroke that debilitated him and shortened his life, and Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real, his first attempt at a comeback and his final recording. Kirkatron hosts three tunes recorded for it, and nine more that were outtakes from the preceding 5000 Lb. Man sessions, and a few from the Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival concert. As such it does contain a number of tunes that define the man at the height of his powers including a cover of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade," the live "Serenade to a Cuckoo," and a fine "Bright Moments." His bandmates on the date include a young Hilton Ruiz on piano and Steve Turre. Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real does stand in contrast to Kirkatron. The intensity and intention is there, but it's more subtle, informed no doubt by the fact that Kirk had taught himself to play with only his left hand because his right had been rendered unusable by the accident. He also employed a full string section, taking his music into a new direction. But there are beautiful and deeply soulful moments here, as well, including "Summertime," the wonderfully up "Dorthaan's Walk," the deep blues of "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor," and the barrelhouse title track which opens the set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431767528
  • Catalog Number: 7675
  • Sales rank: 140,216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serenade to a Cuckoo (3:39)
  2. 2 This Masquerade (5:31)
  3. 3 Sugar (3:29)
  4. 4 Los Angeles Negro Chorus (0:28)
  5. 5 Steppin' into Beauty (6:43)
  6. 6 The Christmas Song (3:36)
  7. 7 Bagpipe Melody (2:17)
  8. 8 Mary McLeod Bethune (0:25)
  9. 9 Bright Moments (4:12)
  10. 10 Lyriconon (4:11)
  11. 11 A Night in Tunisia (5:00)
  12. 12 J. Griff's Blues (7:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real (8:55)
  2. 2 I Loves You, Porgy (1:49)
  3. 3 Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (7:19)
  4. 4 Hey Babepips (5:08)
  5. 5 In a Mellow Tone (6:17)
  6. 6 Summertime (1:41)
  7. 7 Dorthaan's Walk (7:13)
  8. 8 Watergate Blues (6:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Primary Artist, Clarinet, Flute, Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone, Lyricon, Manzello, Electric Kalimba
Charles Fambrough Cello
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Walter Perkins Drums
Hilton Ruiz Keyboards
Howard Johnson Tuba
Trudy Pitts Organ
Sammy Price Piano
Percy Heath Cello
Jonathan Abramowitz Cello
Adrienne Albert Background Vocals
Sanford Allen Violin
Julien Barber Viola
Todd Barkan Percussion
Phil Bowler Bass
Alfred Brown Viola
Sonny Brown Drums
James Buffington French Horn
Doreen Callender Violin
Francine Caroll Background Vocals
Selwart Clarke Viola
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Gordon Edwards Bass
William S. Fischer Conductor, Electric Piano, Arp Strings
Milt Grayson Background Vocals
Jerry Griffin Drums
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Kenneth Harris Flute
Michael Hill Vocals
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Kathryn Kienke Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
Linda Lawrence Viola
James Madison Drums
Yoko Matsuo Violin
Kermit Moore Cello
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Romeo Penque Reeds
Charlie Persip Drums
Randy Peyton Quartet Background Vocals
Tony Posk Violin
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Arvell Shaw Bass
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Richard Tee Keyboards
Steve Turre Trombone
Tony Waters Percussion
Buster Williams Bass
Billy Butler Guitar
Bill Carney Drums
Milton Suggs Bass
Ruddley Thibodeaux Tambourine
Metathias Pearson Bass
Gifford McDonald Drums
Arthur Williams Background Vocals
Maeretha Stewart Background Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Charles Fambrough Personnel
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Arranger, Composer, Personnel
Walter Perkins Personnel
Hilton Ruiz Personnel
Mel Tormé Composer
Stanley Turrentine Composer
Howard Johnson Personnel
Trudy Pitts Personnel
Sammy Price Personnel
Percy Heath Composer, Personnel
Jonathan Abramowitz Personnel
Adrienne Albert Personnel
Sanford Allen Personnel
Julien Barber Personnel
Todd Barkan Composer, Personnel
Alfred Brown Personnel
Sonny Brown Personnel
James Buffington Personnel
Doreen Callender Personnel
Francine Caroll Personnel
Selwart Clarke Personnel
Cornell Dupree Personnel
Duke Ellington Composer
Gordon Edwards Personnel
William S. Fischer Arranger, String Arrangements, String Ensemble, Personnel
Frank Foster Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Milt Grayson Personnel
Jerry Griffin Personnel
Hilda Harris Personnel
Kenneth Harris Personnel
Michael Hill Personnel
Regis Iandiorio Personnel
Kathryn Kienke Personnel
Harold Kohon Personnel
Linda Lawrence Personnel
Bob Liftin Remixing
James Madison Personnel
Yoko Matsuo Personnel
Vince McGarry Engineer, Remixing, Mastering
Kermit Moore Personnel
Eugene J. Moye Personnel
Frank Paparelli Composer
Romeo Penque Personnel
Charlie Persip Personnel
Randy Peyton Quartet Personnel
Tony Posk Personnel
Eddie Preston Personnel
Arvell Shaw Personnel
Richard Tee Personnel
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Steve Turre Personnel
Tony Waters Personnel
Robert Wells Composer
Buster Williams Personnel
John Cabalka Art Direction
Stanislaw Zagorski Cover Painting
Peter Corriston Cover Design
Robert "Lip" Liftin Engineer
Dave Heffernan Illustrations, Original Illustration
Bill Carney Personnel
Milton Suggs Personnel
Ruddley Thibodeaux Personnel
Traditional Composer
Dorthaan Kirk Liner Notes
Gifford McDonald Personnel
Maeretha Stewart Personnel
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