But I'd like to pay tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk who passed away
Dec 5, 1977 - a great and original individual.
I had the great honor of meeting and befriending him back in 1968 when
he was in England catching him at the Country Club, West Hampstead, then
was invited down to see him at Ronnie Scotts.
Yes, he is very much jazz, but he was very much BLUES as well - try
"You Did It! You Did It!" from his "We Free Kings" album - for some
fabulous growl flute - he gets a tone from way down, unlike anyone else,
and this tune *is* lowdown blues.
For even more moving pieces try his "Inflated Tear" album - the tunes
might not be 12-bar, but they are some of the bluest blues I've heard.
His "Volunteered Slavery" has part of his sensational appearance at the
Newport Jazz Festival 1968 (incendiary track "One Ton")
RIP to a great great musician.
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right on, Vincent. 'The Inflated Tear' is one of the saddest pieces
of music I've ever heard, alongside John Coltrane's 'Alabama'.
There's very few blues I can think of that are anywhere near as desolate
as these two tracks..
Amen, Vincent! And while we're on the subject of jazzmen who were
"very much BLUES as well", let me nominate at least four: John Coltrane,
Eric Dolphy, Charlie Mingus (best composer/bandleader since Ellington) and
of course, Charlie Parker, who created bop out of blues.
-Brian (Ann Arbor, MI - the home of Otis Spann Memorial Field)
On Tue, 6 Dec 1994, VT wrote:
> Yes, he is very much jazz, but he was very much BLUES as well - try
> RIP to a great great musician.
Subject: Re: Blues Date Dec 5 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Date: Thu 8-Dec-94 21:28
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