Rahsaan Roland Kirk

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This is a nifty budget-priced single-disc overview of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's Warner Bros. period. There are 12 tracks taken from albums such as Volunteered Slavery, The Inflated Tear, Blacknuss, Kirkatron, I, Eye, Aye, Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color, Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real, and The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man. A cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and the title tracks from The Inflated Tear and Volunteered Slavery are high points, but nothing here is remiss. There are representative elements from nearly all of Kirk's many stylistic innovations ("Theme for the Eulipions" and "Fly Town Nose Blues"), as well as the many subgenres of jazz and R&B he played. This is an excellent introduction to a bona fide legend and enigma.

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