Saturday, January 30, 2016

Roland Kirk - I Talk with the Spirits

Multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk leaves the stritch, manzello and other exotic instruments at home for this all-flute outing from his pre-"Rahsaan" days. Consisting mostly of originals, with a couple of show tunes and a swinging take on John Lewis' "Django" thrown in, I Talk to the Spirits provides the best sampling of Kirk's unique flute style. He hums along with himself as he plays, inserts pieces of lyrics when the mood hits, finds overtones and multi-part harmonies as he blows madly through the upper register and sails sweetly through the lower. Included here is the original version of "Serenade to a Cuckoo," a song later taken to rock audiences with its inclusion on the first Jethro Tull album. (In fact, for the Tull fan who wants to hear where Ian Anderson borrowed his style, I Talk to the Spirits is the place to go.) The playing on this outing is uniformly excellent, with Kirk ranging from his trademark up-tempo overblowing on "A Quote from Clifford Brown" to bluesy growling on "The Business Ain't Nothing But the Blues" to placid beauty on the ballad "Trees." He guides Kurt Weill's "My Ship" on a five-minute voyage through calm seas and turbulent double-timed storms. Kirk's sense of whimsy and musical fun is evident throughout.
Jim Newsom

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Roland Kirk
I Talk with the Spirits


1 Serenade to a Cuckoo (Kirk)  4:30
2 We'll Be Together Again/People (Fisher, Laine, Merrill, Styne)  4:38
3 A Quote from Clifford Brown (Kirk)  4:22
4 Trees (Kirk)  6:18
5 Fugue'n and Alludin' (Kirk)  0:41
6 The Business Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (Kirk)  5:02
7 I Talk with the Spirits (Kirk)  3:56
8 Ruined Castles (Taki)  1:18
9 Django (Lewis)  4:50
10 My Ship (Gershwin, Weill)  5:05


Roland Kirk - fl, afl, Afric. wood fl
Bobby Moses - vb
Horace Parlan - p
Michael Fleming - b
Walter Perkins - dr
Crystal-Joy Albert - vc

Recorded at Nola Studios, New York City ; September 16 & 17, 1964


jazzjose said...

¡Fantástico!. Gracias

Anonymous said...

Fabulous post. My vinyl copy is too far gone to enjoy these days, so much appreciated.

Jason in Sydney, Aus

kike said...

Hi Mel,

any chance to get this with a mirror?

Thanks, merci, Kike.

CrunchyFrog said...

I would truly appreciate a mirror for this too (and all the other rapidshare links w/out mirrors). Just can't get them for some reason. Thanks a lot for the great posts - I have had no problem listening to the posts with multiple mirrors. Cheers!

Cima said...

me pide pass puede ser?

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Great post Mel. Thanks.

chemuski said...

A superb post... Thanks Mel

blbs said...

Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

RIP Horace Parlan
Thank you

Kovina Kris said...

Eagerly upgrading my lossy copy of this excellent album. Thank you very much Mel!