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Standing Eight
     

Standing Eight

by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/1998
Label:
32. Jazz Records
UPC:
0604123210027
catalogNumber:
32100

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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
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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