Inflated Tear/Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata

Inflated Tear/Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata

by Rahsaan Roland Kirk


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Inflated Tear/Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata

Recorded in 1968 and in 1971 respectively, this two-fer showcases two very different sides of the late and truly great Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Inflated Tear was recorded with Kirk's working band at the time and was his Atlantic debut. Having not yet adopted the title Rahsaan, Kirk surprised his producer Joel Dorn and label boss Nesuhi Ertegun with this shockingly "straight collection of blues tunes and ballads. The standouts are "The Black and Crazy Blues," and Duke Ellington's "Creole Love Call," though everything here is very fine. Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata offers an aural portrait of Kirk in a new light. With the exception of Joe Habad Texidor and Maurice McKinley who provide assistance on some hand percussion instruments, Kirk plays everything here in real time. According to Dorn, there are no overdubs, no electronic effects -- though it sounds like it in today's world -- and there was no editing done to the tapes. What makes this remarkable is that Kirk sounds like three and four people at once playing an astonishing array of instruments from harmonium, piccolo bass, gongs and his usual array of horns and flutes. The music is provocative, accessible, moving and utterly fresh, as well as being wildly inventive. In Natural Black Inventions: Roots Strata, musics from the East (from Indian ragas to klezmer tunes), folk songs, Negro Spirituals, jazz, blues and funk all wind together in Kirk's magical sonic universe. Unfortunately, fans who already possess Inflated Tear will need to purchase it again if they want this slab because this is the only way Natural Black Inventions is available on compact disc. This is essential Rahsaan and gives full-on proof of his many gifts.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431766125
catalogNumber: 7661
Rank: 51177

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Performance Credits

Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Flute,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Gong,Harmonium,English Horn,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone,Tambourine,Vocals,Human Whistle,Bells,Stritch,Manzello,Music Box,Bird Calls,E-flat Clarinet,Flexatones,Palmas
Ron Burton   Piano
Dick Griffin   Trombone
Dick Griffith   Trombone
Jimmy Hopps   Drums
Maurice McKinley   Conga,Accompaniment
Steve Novosel   Bass,Double Bass
Sonelius Smith   Piano,Accompaniment
Joe Habad Texidor   Tambourine,Triangle,Washboard,Accompaniment
Dick Griffith   Trombone
Maurice McKinley   Conga
Joe "Habad" Texidox   Tambourine,Triangle,Rubboard

Technical Credits

Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Composer,Sound Effects,Liner Notes,Personnel,Whistle
Ron Burton   Personnel
Joel Dorn   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Duke Ellington   Composer
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Dick Griffith   Personnel
Lewis Hahn   Engineer,Remixing
Jimmy Hopps   Personnel
John Latouche   Composer
Bob Liftin   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Joe Habad Texidor   Sound Effects
Stanislaw Zagorski   Cover Design
Lee Friedlander   Cover Photo
Price Givens   Cover Painting
Loring Werney   Cover Design
Casey Bailey   Liner Notes

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