Saturday, January 30, 2016

Roland Kirk - Domino

The expanding musical universe of Rahsaan Roland Kirk continues its orbit on Domino. While always true to his exceptional talents, Kirk's previous efforts are somewhat derivative when compared to his later and more aggressive sound. On Domino, the genesis of his more assertive presence is thoroughly evident. Additionally, this disc features several impressive originals, as well as the most distinctly branded cover tunes to date, including the intense bop of the title track. As evidenced throughout the album, Kirk's compositions are becoming denser and more involved. "Meeting on Termini's Corner" — an ode to the legendary Five Spot club — mimics the off-kilter rhythms of Thelonious Monk. The tenor sax solo that rises through his multi-instrumentation is stunning. The contrast between the lilting flute work, which bookends "Domino," and the stirring tenor sax solo at the center is yet again indicative of the boundaries Kirk would be approaching. However, it's the Latin-tinged "Rolando" that might best display the unmistakably singular sound that comes from the stritch — a Kirk modified second generation B flat soprano sax — and the tenor sax, when performed simultaneously. The warmth and clarity are at once unique and hypnotic. Another prime example of the multiplicity in Kirk's performance styles can be heard on "I Believe in You." The juxtaposition of the husky tenor with the spry manzello provides a false sense of balance as Kirk delays combining the two until the final chorus. This produces a surprising and memorable effect, as Kirk's arrangement does not anticipate the finale. The 2000 CD reissue contains both recording dates for the original album as well as a previously undocumented session that includes Herbie Hancock (piano), Roy Haynes (drums), and Vernon Martin (bass). Additionally, Domino was the first album to feature Kirk's live band of Haynes, Andrew Hill (celeste/piano), and Henry Duncan (percussion) on several tracks.
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Roland Kirk


1 Domino (Ferrari, Plante, Raye)  3:11
2 Meeting on Termini's Corner (Kirk)  3:39
3 Time (Powell)  3:11
4 Lament (Johnson)  3:37
5 A Stritch in Time (Kirk)  5:04
6 3-In-1 Without the Oil (Kirk)  2:32
7 Get Out of Town (Porter)  4:47
8 Rolando (Kirk)  3:44
9 I Believe in You (Loesser)  4:24
10 E.D. (Kirk)  2:20
11 Where Monk and Mingus Live/Let's Call This (Kirk, Monk)  4:06
12 Domino [Alternate Version] (Ferrari, Plante, Raye)  4:04
13 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers)  3:13
14 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers)  2:15
15 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers)  2:18
16 Someone to Watch over Me [Breakdown Take] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:34
17 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:35
18 Termini's Corner (Kirk)  2:32
19 Termini's Corner [Breakdown Take] (Kirk)  2:24
20 Termini's Corner (Kirk)  2:39
21 Termini's Corner (Kirk)  3:24
22 When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen, Koehler)  2:38
23 When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen, Koehler)  1:54
24 When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen, Koehler)  2:41
25 Time Races With Emit (Kirk)  1:22


Roland Kirk - ts, manz, strisch, fl & voc, nose fl, siren whistle...
[# 1-6]
Andrew Hill - cel [# 3] & p
Vernon Martin - b
Henry Duncan - dr
Recorded September 6, 1962
[# 7-25]
Wynton Kelly - p [# 7-10]
Herbie Hancock - p [# 11-25]
Vernon Martin - b
Roy Haynes - dr

Recorded April 1962 at Nola Recording Studio, New York City ; [# 7-10] recorded possibly April 18 ; [# 11 & 12] recorded possibly April 17 ; [# 13-25] recorded April 17


jazzjose said...

¡Grande R. Kirk!

censusloss said...

Just beautiful. Kirk is one of my personal Jazz Gods

Cheers, Mel

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Thank you.

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kike said...

Thanks Mel for sharing this great recording on Kirk. Merci!

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Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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Thank you!!!

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Just watched the Kirk film so went hunting for Kirk.Obviously you are the go to place. Many thanks.

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