Standing Eight

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1998, 32 Jazz reissued three albums from Rahsaan Roland Kirk's late period on the double-CD A Standing Eight. Those albums were The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man and Kirkatron -- both of which consisted of recordings made not long before the innovator suffered a debilitating stroke in 1975 -- and the post-stroke session, Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real. Hearing the pre-stroke and post-stroke material on the same collection, one cannot help but notice the contrast. The pre-stroke Kirk of Return and Kirkatron is a risk-taking, unpredictable, fearless daredevil of a musician who dazzles with everything from a tender flute solo on Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" to some ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1998, 32 Jazz reissued three albums from Rahsaan Roland Kirk's late period on the double-CD A Standing Eight. Those albums were The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man and Kirkatron -- both of which consisted of recordings made not long before the innovator suffered a debilitating stroke in 1975 -- and the post-stroke session, Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real. Hearing the pre-stroke and post-stroke material on the same collection, one cannot help but notice the contrast. The pre-stroke Kirk of Return and Kirkatron is a risk-taking, unpredictable, fearless daredevil of a musician who dazzles with everything from a tender flute solo on Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" to some soul-bearing tenor playing on Lester Young's "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," Leon Russell's "This Masquerade" and the hauntingly eccentric "Theme for the Eulipions." Meanwhile, the post-stroke Kirk of Boogie-Woogie is someone who manages to deliver a worthwhile album despite his obvious impairment and physical limitations. Because the stroke had left him paralyzed on one side, Kirk faced the challenge of playing tenor and flute with the use of only one hand. Though parts of the CD are melancholy especially his tenor playing on "I Loves You, Porgie", Kirk's fighting spirit comes through on the quirky "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor" and Percy Heath's humorous "Watergate Blues." Sadly, Boogie-Woogie would be the innovator's final album before his death on December 5, 1977 at the relatively young age of 41.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: 32. Jazz Records
  • UPC: 604123210027
  • Catalog Number: 32100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme for the Eulipions (9:22)
  2. 2 Sweet Georgia Brown (5:07)
  3. 3 I'll Be Seeing You (6:07)
  4. 4 Loving You (4:42)
  5. 5 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (6:17)
  6. 6 There Will Never Be Another You (5:08)
  7. 7 Giant Steps (6:11)
  8. 8 Serenade to a Cuckoo (3:40)
  9. 9 This Masquerade (5:31)
  10. 10 Sugar (3:27)
  11. 11 Los Angeles Negro Chorus (0:26)
  12. 12 Steppin' into Beauty (6:42)
  13. 13 The Christmas Song (3:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bagpipe Medley (2:38)
  2. 2 Mary McLeod Bethune (0:24)
  3. 3 Bright Moments (4:14)
  4. 4 Lyriconon (4:10)
  5. 5 A Night in Tunisia (4:59)
  6. 6 J. Griff's Blues (7:41)
  7. 7 Boogie Woogie String Along for Real (8:52)
  8. 8 I Loves You, Porgy (1:51)
  9. 9 Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (7:14)
  10. 10 Hey Babebips (5:10)
  11. 11 In a Mellow Tone (6:15)
  12. 12 Summertime (1:40)
  13. 13 Dorthaan's Walk (7:08)
  14. 14 Watergate Blues (6:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Primary Artist, Flute, Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone, Manzello
William Eaton Human Whistle
Charles Fambrough Cello
Tiny Grimes Guitar
Hank Jones Piano
Walter Perkins Drums
Hilton Ruiz Piano, Keyboards
Howard Johnson Tuba
Sammy Price Piano
Percy Heath Cello
Jonathan Abramowitz Cello
Sanford Allen Violin
Julien Barber Viola
Todd Barkan Percussion
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
Milt Grayson Background Vocals
Jerry Griffin Drums
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Kenneth Harris Flute
Michael Hill Vocals
Milt Hinton Bass
Arthur Jenkins Keyboards
Kathryn Kienke Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
Regis Landiorio Violin
Linda Lawrence Viola
James Madison Drums
Yoko Matsuo Violin
Kermit Moore Cello
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Romeo Penque Reeds, Oboe, Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Persip Drums
Randy Peyton Quartet Background Vocals
Tony Posk Violin
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Arvell Shaw Bass
Maretha Stewart Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Tee Keyboards
Steve Turre Trombone
Tony Waters Percussion
Buster Williams Bass
Billy Butler Guitar
Habao Texidor Percussion
Bill Carney Drums
Freddie Moore Washboard
Milton Suggs Bass
Ruddley Thibodeaux Tambourine
Adrienne Alber Background Vocals
Betty Neals Recitation
Gifford McDonald Drums
Arthur Williams Background Vocals
Warren Smith Percussion
Technical Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Arranger, Producer
John Coltrane Composer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Frank Foster Arranger
Vince McGarry Mastering
Gene Paul Remastering
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Scott Paul Contributor
Stanislaw Zagorski Artwork
Nancy Dwyer Graphic Design
Page Simon Artwork, Graphic Design
Dave Heffernan Artwork
Toianne Schlamp Design Associate
Traditional Composer
Dorthaan Kirk Liner Notes
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