In Monument - Rahsaan Roland Kirk & The Vibration Society - Rahsaan Rahsaan
Label: Atlantic - K 40127 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz • Style: Soul-Jazz, Modal
Rahsaan Roland Kirk August 7,  — December 5, was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophonefluteand many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously. He became blind at two years old, which he said was a result of improper medical treatment. By fifteen he was on the road playing rhythm and blues on weekends with Boyd Moore's band.
According to saxophonist Hank Crawford"He would be like this 14 year-old blind kid playing two horns at once. They would bring him out and he would tear the joint up. He remarked, "Now they had him doing all kinds of goofy stuff but he was playing the two horns and he was playing the shit out of them. He was an original from the beginning. Kirk was politically outspoken. During his concerts, between songs he often talked about topical issues, including African-American history and the Civil Rights Movement.
His monologues were often laced with satire and absurdist humor. According to comedian Jay Lenowhen Leno toured with Kirk as Kirk's opening act, Kirk would introduce him by saying, "I want to introduce a young brother who knows the black experience and knows all about the white devils Please welcome Jay Leno! InKirk suffered a major stroke which led to partial paralysis of one side of his body. He continued to perform and record, modifying his instruments to enable him to play with one arm.
At a live performance at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London he even managed to play two instruments, and carried on to In Monument - Rahsaan Roland Kirk & The Vibration Society - Rahsaan Rahsaan internationally and to appear on television. He died from a second stroke inthe morning after performing in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana University Student Union in Bloomington, Indiana. Kirk's musical career spans from until his death in He In Monument - Rahsaan Roland Kirk & The Vibration Society - Rahsaan Rahsaan to lead his own bands and rarely performed as a sideman, although he did record with arranger Quincy Jonesdrummer Roy Haynes and worked with bassist Charles Mingus.
One of his best-known recorded performances is the lead flute and solo on Jones' " Soul Bossa Nova ", a hit song repopularized in the Austin Powers films. Kirk's multi-instrumentality was credited as having a substantial musical conception. This inclusivity included the blues, a love of stride piano and early jazz, and appreciation for pop tunes.
But his vision was much Untitled - Zoltan Nemeth And His Orchestra - Play, Gypsy! than most of his contemporaries. According to producer Joel Dorn, he was also hugely knowledgeable about classical music. Pieces by Saint-SaensHindemithTchaikovskyDvorak and Villa-Lobos would all feature on his albums In Monument - Rahsaan Roland Kirk & The Vibration Society - Rahsaan Rahsaan the years, alongside standards, pop songs and original compositions.
Rahsaan's influences went beyond jazz and consequentially, he preferred the term 'Black Classical Music. His playing was generally rooted in soul jazz or hard bopbut Kirk's knowledge of jazz history allowed him to draw from many elements of the music's past, from ragtime to swing and free jazz.
Kirk also absorbed classical influences, and his artistry reflected elements of pop music by composers such as Smokey Robinson and Burt Bacharachas well as Duke Ellington Mermaid Kiss - Etarlis, John Coltrane and other jazz musicians. The live album Bright Moments is an example of one of his shows. Kirk played and collected a number of musical instruments, mainly various saxophonesclarinets and flutes. His main saxes were a standard tenor saxophonestritch a straight alto sax lacking the instrument's characteristic upturned bell and a manzello a modified saxello soprano sax, with a larger, upturned bell.
A number of his instruments were exotic or homemade. Kirk modified instruments himself to accommodate his simultaneous playing technique. He typically appeared on stage with all three horns hanging around his neck, and at times he would play a number of these horns at once, harmonizing with himself, or sustain a note for lengthy durations by using circular breathing.
He used the multiple horns to play true chords, essentially functioning as a one-man saxophone section. Kirk insisted that he was only trying to emulate the sounds he heard in his head. Even while playing two or three saxophones at once, the music was intricate, powerful jazz with a strong feel for the blues.
Kirk was also an influential flautistincluding recorders. According to Giddins, Kirk was the first major jazz innovator on flute after the death of Eric Dolphy. One technique was to sing or hum into the flute at the same time as playing. Another was to play the standard transverse flute at the same time as a nose flute. He played a variety of other instruments, like whistles; often kept a gong within reach; the clarinetharmonicaEnglish hornand was a competent trumpeter.
He also used many non-musical devices, such as alarm clocks, sirens, or a section of common garden hose dubbed "the black mystery pipes".
The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color was a unique album in jazz and popular music recorded annals. It was a two-LP set, with Side 4 apparently "blank", the label not indicating any content. However, once word of "the secret message" got around among Rahsaan's fans, one would find that about 12 minutes into Side 4 appeared the first of two telephone answering machine messages recorded by Kirk, the second following soon thereafter but separated by more blank grooves.
The surprise impact of these segments appearing on "blank" Side 4 was lost on the CD reissue of this album. He gleaned information on what was happening in the world via audio media like radio and the sounds coming from TV sets. His later recordings often incorporated his spoken commentaries on current events, including Richard Nixon 's involvement in the Watergate scandal. The 3-Sided Dream album was a "concept album" which incorporated "found" or environmental sounds and tape loops, tapes being played backwards, etc.
Snippets of Billie Holiday singing are also heard briefly. The album even confronts the rise of influence of computers in society, as Rahsaan threatens to pull the plug on the machine trying to tell him Carmen Disco Suite - Camino De Lobo - Carmen 84 to do.
In the album Other Folks' Music the spoken words of Paul Robesonanother outspoken black artist, can be briefly heard. In Monument - Rahsaan Roland Kirk & The Vibration Society - Rahsaan Rahsaan Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American musician. Rahsaan simultaneously playing flute and singing, punctuated with a siren whistle. Black mystery pipes. Rahsaan simultaneously playing multiple saxophones. Barry Kernfeld. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online.
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