Roland Kirk – Many Blessings (1968)

From the album The Inflated Tear by Roland Kirk, recorded the 10th of May 1968 and previously released as Atlantic SC 1502 (15th of June 1968).

The debut recording by Roland Kirk (this was still pre-Rahsaan) on Atlantic Records, the same label that gave us Blacknuss and Volunteered Slavery, is not the blowing fest one might expect upon hearing it for the first time. In fact, producer Joel Dorn and label boss Neshui Ertegun weren’t prepared for it either.  Roland Kirk won over the masses with this one too, selling over 10,000 copies in the first year. This is Roland Kirk at his most poised and visionary; his reading of jazz harmony and fickle sonances are nearly without peer. And only Mingus understood Ellington in the way Kirk did. That evidence is here also. If you are looking for a place to start with Kirk, this is it. [source]

Ron Burton – Piano
Steve Novosel – Bass
Jimmy Hopps – Drums
Dick Griffith – Trombone
Roland Kirk – Tenor saxophone, Manzello, Stritch, Clarinet, Flute, Whistle, Cor Anglais, Flexafone



[Dedicated Ronnie Rocket, with all the best wishes]


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