The Spirits Up Above

The Spirits Up Above

by Steve Turre


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375713027
catalogNumber: 757130
Rank: 73761

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
Ted Panken   Liner Notes

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