Only the Best of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Vol. 2

Only the Best of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Vol. 2

by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

The second volume in Collectables' Rahsaan Roland Kirk box sets -- all of which appeared as either two-fers or as separate albums earlier on Joel Dorn's 32 Jazz imprint -- is, to put it simply, shoving some CDs in a box. That said, this is the mighty Kirk, one of the greatest innovators in the history of jazz who has yet to receive his trueSee more details below


The second volume in Collectables' Rahsaan Roland Kirk box sets -- all of which appeared as either two-fers or as separate albums earlier on Joel Dorn's 32 Jazz imprint -- is, to put it simply, shoving some CDs in a box. That said, this is the mighty Kirk, one of the greatest innovators in the history of jazz who has yet to receive his true props. It wasn't only the three saxophones or making his own instruments, it was his ability to see all music, whether jazz or blues or pop or soul or funk or rock or even classical music as one thing -- a universal form of expression that could all be melded seamlessly into a single approach that never discriminated. There is one classic Kirk album in this set, the mighty Volunteered Slavery, but the rest, such as Rahsaan Rahsaan, Prepare Thyself to Deal with a Miracle, Return of the 5,000 Lb. Man, Kirkatron, Meeting of the Times, and Ornette! (the latter two placed on a single disc) are nothing to sneeze at, either. Kirk was in a world of his own by the time most of these recordings were released. He had been dismissed by the jazz establishment with the exception of an enlightened few, and was making his living in Europe. These sides are essential to an understanding of his full life's work and should be heard by everybody!

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Disc 1

  1. Salvation and Reminiscing
  2. Seasons: One Mind Winter/Summer/Ninth Ghost
  3. Celestial Bliss
  4. Saxophone Concerto: Saxophone Miracle/One Breath Beyond/Dance of Revolu

Disc 2

  1. The Seeker: Black Classical Rap/The Seeker/Thank You, Bird/New Orleans  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  2. Satin Doll  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  3. Introduction  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  4. Medley: Going Home/Sentimental Journey/In Monument/Lover  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  5. Sweet Fire  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  6. Introduction  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  7. Baby Let Me Shake Your Tree  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Disc 3

  1. Theme for the Eulipions
  2. Sweet Georgia Brown
  3. I'll Be Seeing You
  4. Loving You
  5. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  6. There Will Never Be Another You
  7. Giant Steps

Disc 4

  1. Volunteered Slavery  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  2. Spirits Up Above  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  3. My Cherie Amour  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  4. Search for the Reason Why  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  5. I Say a Little Prayer  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  6. Roland's Opening Remarks  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  7. One Ton  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  8. Ovation & Roland's Remarks  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  9. A Tribute to John Coltrane: Lush Life/Afro-Blue/Bessie's Blues  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  10. Three for the Festival  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Disc 5

  1. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  2. Daybreak
  3. Lover Come Back to Be
  4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  5. This Love of Mine
  6. Carney and Begard Place
  7. I Didn't Know About You
  8. Dream
  9. W.R.U.
  10. T. & T.
  11. C. & D.
  12. R.P.D.D.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Flute,Harmonica,Flageolet,Gong,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Stritch,Manzello,nose flute
William Eaton   Human Whistle
Hibbler   Vocals
Warren Smith   Percussion
Ron Carter   Bass
Leroy Jenkins   Violin
Hank Jones   Piano
Hilton Ruiz   Piano
Lonnie Liston Smith   Piano
Leon Thomas   Vocals
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Trudy Pitts   Organ
Brown   Viola
Adrienne Albert   Background Vocals
Sanford Allen   Violin
Ed Blackwell   Drums
Julien Barber   Violin
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Background Vocals
Ron Burton   Piano
Francine Caroll   Background Vocals
Stewart Clarke   Violin
Ornette Coleman   Alto Saxophone
Charles Crosby   Drums
Gayle Dixon   Violin
Milt Grayson   Background Vocals
Dick Griffin   Trombone,Conductor
Jerry Griffin   Drums
Hilda Harris   Background Vocals
Milt Hinton   Bass
Arthur Jenkins   Keyboards
Scott LaFaro   Bass
Jeanne Lee   Background Vocals
James Madison   Drums
Vernon Martin   Bass
Charles McGhee   Trumpet
Fred Moore   Washboard
Kermit Moore   Cello
Henry Pearson   Bass
Romeo Penque   Oboe,Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Persip   Drums
Randy Peyton Quartet   Background Vocals
Robert Shy   Drums
Sonelius Smith   Piano,Celeste
Joe Habad Texidor   Tambourine
Arthur Williams   Background Vocals
Arthur Jenkins   Keyboards
Habao Texidor   Percussion,Background Vocals
Alvern Bunn   Conga
Bill Carney   Drums
Brown & His Tunetoppers   Viola
Charles Williams   Bass
William Butler   Guitar
Maeretha Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vernon Martin   Bass
Roland Kirk Spirit Choir   Background Vocals
Randy Peyton   Background Vocals
Major Hollie   Bass
Joe Texidor   Tambourine
Jerry Griffin   Drums
Jerry Griff   Drums
Harry Smiles   English Horn,Oboe
Fred Moore   Washboard
Francine Carroll   Background Vocals
Robert Shy   Drums
Donald Cherry   Pocket Trumpet
Stewart Clarke   Violin
Mattathias Pearson   Bass
Habao Texidor   Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Antonin Dvorák   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Minnie Riperton   Composer
Brown   Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements,Whistle
Charles Mingus   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
William Arlt   Remixing
Ben Bernie   Composer
Ornette Coleman   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer,Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger
Mack Gordon   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer,Remixing
Reice Hamel   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Geoffrey Haslam   Engineer
Phil Iehle   Engineer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Bob Liftin   Engineer,Remixing
Vince McGarry   Mastering
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Richard Rudolph   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Henry W. Sanicola   Composer
Mongo Santamaría   Composer
Gunther Schuller   Liner Notes
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Joe Habad Texidor   Contributor
Harry Warren   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Andre Perry   Liner Notes
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Ray Ross   Cover Photo
Stanislaw Zagorski   Cover Illustration
Haig Adishian   Cover Design
Robert "Lip" Liftin   Engineer,Remixing
Harold Adamson   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Composer
Riece Hamel   Engineer
Betty Neals   Composer
Sol Parker   Composer
Eddie Williams   Liner Notes
Maeretha Stewart   Duet
Kenny Casey   Composer
Benjamin Homer   Composer
Betty Neals   Composer
Mark Davis   Liner Notes
Ed Williams   Liner Notes

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