Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Live in Paris, Vol. 1

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The first of two volumes capturing a legendary February 22, 1970, concert at Paris's Maison de la Radio features the jaw-droppingly gifted multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk at the height of his powers, backed by his finest sidemen, including long-term cohorts pianist Ron Burton and powerhouse percussionist Joe Habao Texidor. Opening with a pair of standards, Porter's "Easy to Love" and Rodgers' "Lover," followed by a then-current pop hit by Stevie Wonder, "Ma Cherie Amour," and Sidney Bechet's early Dixieland standard "Petite Fleur" before graduating to Kirk's own bold originals, Kirk and company both show the breadth of their influences and effortlessly retrace the entire history of jazz, past, present, and future.

Parts of this concert have been repackaged innumerable times under such titles as SWEET FIRE, ROLLER COASTER and THREE FOR THE FESTIVAL. The two volumes of LIVE IN PARIS 1970 present the complete concert.

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