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Roland Kirk's Finest Hour
     

Roland Kirk's Finest Hour

by Roland Kirk
 
As difficult as it is to adequately present such a talented, driven, quirky and unique musician, this compilation tries. Drawn from his Mercury and Verve recordings, mostly from the first half of the '60s, this worthy release eschews his later, more experimental work on Atlantic. Whether playing two or three woodwinds simultaneously, wailing on flute or whistle or

Overview

As difficult as it is to adequately present such a talented, driven, quirky and unique musician, this compilation tries. Drawn from his Mercury and Verve recordings, mostly from the first half of the '60s, this worthy release eschews his later, more experimental work on Atlantic. Whether playing two or three woodwinds simultaneously, wailing on flute or whistle or employing his own stritch or manzello, he sounds like no one else. He gets sympathetic backing throughout, particularly from a wide assortment of pianists who include Herbie Hancock and Horace Parlan. Nine of the 14 tracks are written by the frontman himself, including "Serenade to a Cuckoo," which Jethro Tull covered on its debut. It's easy to see why Ian Anderson was impressed by Kirk's flute work.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731454967624
catalogNumber:
549676

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roland Kirk   Primary Artist
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Elvin Jones   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Wood Flute,Stritch,Manzello,nose flute
Tete Montoliu   Piano
Horace Parlan   Piano
Walter Perkins   Drums
Lonnie Liston Smith   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
Ronnie Boykins   Bass
Jaki Byard   Piano
Steve Ellington   Drums
Roy Haynes   Drums
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Harold Mabern   Piano
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Vernon Martin   Bass
Tom McIntosh   Trombone
J.C. Moses   Drums
Michael Fleming   Bass
Charles Greenlea   Trombone
Crystal-Joy Albert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Producer
Bill Kirchner   Liner Notes,Sequencers
Benny Golson   Arranger
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Bobby Scott   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Jack Tracy   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction

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