The Spirits Up Above

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Trombonist Steve Turre pays tribute to his former employer, the remarkable multi-reedist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, on this sincere effort. Turre and an all-star group perform nine of Kirk's songs plus the trombonist's "One for Kirk." But although the music is certainly well played, one misses Rahsaan's miraculous innovations. It was logical getting James Carter for the date since Carter, like Kirk, can play any reed instrument in any style. But surprisingly Carter is mostly pretty restrained during the project, as if he is going out of his way not to sound like Rahsaan. His usual high-energy multi-style improvisations are replaced by a more melodic and less colorful approach. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Trombonist Steve Turre pays tribute to his former employer, the remarkable multi-reedist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, on this sincere effort. Turre and an all-star group perform nine of Kirk's songs plus the trombonist's "One for Kirk." But although the music is certainly well played, one misses Rahsaan's miraculous innovations. It was logical getting James Carter for the date since Carter, like Kirk, can play any reed instrument in any style. But surprisingly Carter is mostly pretty restrained during the project, as if he is going out of his way not to sound like Rahsaan. His usual high-energy multi-style improvisations are replaced by a more melodic and less colorful approach. Carter, Turre, altoist Vincent Herring and pianist Mulgrew Miller all have their spots, with flutist Dave Valentin guesting on a medley of "Serenade to a Cuckoo" and "Bright Moments." But the craziness and wide-ranging approach of Rahsaan's performances are missing on this rather conventional effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375713027
  • Catalog Number: 757130
  • Sales rank: 120,902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Three for the Festival - Buster Williams (3:02)
  2. 2 One for Kirk - Buster Williams (5:03)
  3. 3 Medley: Serenade to a Cuckoo/Bright Moments - Buster Williams (9:22)
  4. 4 Stepping into Beauty - Buster Williams (4:43)
  5. 5 The Spirits Up Above - Andromeda Turre (4:37)
  6. 6 Hand Full of Five - Buster Williams (4:48)
  7. 7 E.D. - Buster Williams (4:14)
  8. 8 Dorthaan's Walk - Buster Williams (5:58)
  9. 9 Volunteered Slavery - Andromeda Turre (8:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Turre Primary Artist, Trombone, Choir, Chorus
Vincent Herring Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Dave Valentin Flute
James Carter Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Akua Dixon Choir, Chorus
Winard Harper Drums
Michael Hill Choir, Chorus
Mulgrew Miller Piano
Buster Williams Bass, Double Bass
Joe Dixon Choir, Chorus
Andromeda Turre Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Composer
Brian Bacchus Producer, Audio Production
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Mastering
Ted Panken Liner Notes
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