Only the Best of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431117026
  • Catalog Number: 1170
  • Sales rank: 317,475

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
Al Hibbler Vocals
Warren Smith Percussion, 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
Al 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 Jr. Keyboards
Habao Texidor Percussion, Background Vocals
Alvern Bunn Conga
Bill Carney Drums
Al 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 Dvorak Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Frank Sinatra Composer
Minnie Riperton Composer
Les 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 II 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 Jr. 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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