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Rahsaan Roland Kirk's nearly one-dozen long-players on the Mercury Records family of labels -- including the Smash and Limelight subsidiaries -- are gathered on this massive ten-disc compilation. Actually, it is 11 discs if you count the surprise bonus CD. Additionally, Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk lives up to its name by augmenting those albums with more than two-dozen previously unissued sides. Kirk's thoroughly innovative multi-instrumental reed work caught the attention of legendary producer Quincy Jones, then the vice-president of Mercury Records, who signed Kirk and would later arrange and conduct orchestrations for several of his memorable sessions. Perhaps the most recognizable among them is "Soul Bossa Nova" which is heavily featured in the Austin Powers franchise. Kirk's ability to perform several reed instruments -- including the tenor, flute, clarinet, manzello, and stritch -- simultaneously allowed him a musical autonomy few instrumentalists are afforded. His youthful embrace of the R&B, soul, pop, and eventually rock genres produced swinging interpretations of "And I Love Her" and "Walk on By," among others. Regardless of the genre, however, Kirk's ability to Swing -- with a capitol "S" -- is imprinted upon every piece he performed. Although Kirk continued his prolific output on Atlantic records in the late '60s and '70s, arguably his most profound sides are included here. We Free Kings, Domino, Reeds and Deeds, Gifts and Messages, I Talk with the Spirits and Rip, Rig & Panic are offered in their entirety. Undoubtedly the centerpiece of Kirk's work for the label is the live Kirk in Copenhagen, which features some wicked harp blowing from blues legend "Sonny Boy" Williamson, aka Big Skol. It is only fitting that this album benefits so greatly from inclusion on this set. The original six sides have been supplemented with an additional ten to present the entire October '63 performance, now complete at an hour and 45 minutes. Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings if Roland Kirk is complimented visually with a 56-page information packed booklet that includes: complete discographical and recording session logs, as well individual essays for each disc. Although not for the light of funds, this is truly the best way to become immersed in these early works of Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
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1
Blues For Alice Alternate Take
Roland Kirk
00:05:12

Charlie Parker, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Art Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Wyands, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Blues For Alice
Roland Kirk
00:04:08

Charlie Parker, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Art Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Wyands, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
My Delight
Roland Kirk
00:04:29

Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Art Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Wyands, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
The Haunted Melody
Roland Kirk
00:03:38

Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Art Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Wyands, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
A Sack Full Of Soul
Roland Kirk
00:04:39

Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Art Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Wyands, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
We Free Kings
Roland Kirk
00:04:46

Wendell Marshall, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
Roland Kirk Quartet
00:04:06

Wendell Marshall, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1990 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Moon Song
Roland Kirk
00:04:22

Wendell Marshall, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Johnston, ComposerLyricist - Sam Coslow, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Some Kind Of Love
Roland Kirk
00:06:11

Wendell Marshall, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Three For the Festival
Roland Kirk
00:03:09

Wendell Marshall, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
You Did It, You Did It
Roland Kirk
00:02:26

Wendell Marshall, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Nola, Producer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jack Tracy, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Get Out Of Town
Roland Kirk
00:04:51

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Rolando
Roland Kirk
00:03:48

Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
I Believe In You
Roland Kirk
00:04:28

FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Where Monk And Mingus Live / Let's Call This
Roland Kirk
00:04:08

Thelonious Monk, ComposerLyricist - HERBIE HANCOCK, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Domino Alternate Take
Roland Kirk
00:04:06

Jacques Plante, ComposerLyricist - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Raye, ComposerLyricist - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer - Lous Ferrari, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
E.D.
Roland Kirk
00:02:24

Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I Didn't Know What Time It Was Alternate Take 2
Roland Kirk
00:02:17

Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, Author - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Someone To Watch Over Me Alternate Take
Roland Kirk
00:03:44

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Author - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Termini's Corner
Roland Kirk Quartet
00:02:19

Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, ComposerLyricist - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk Quartet, MainArtist - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
When The Sun Comes Out
Roland Kirk
00:02:44

Harold Arlen, Composer - Ted Koehler, Author - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1990 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Ad Lib
Roland Kirk Quartet
00:00:26

Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Haynes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk Quartet, MainArtist - Jack Tracy, Producer

℗ 1990 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Stitt's Tune
Roland Kirk
00:09:57

Sonny Stitt, ComposerLyricist - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - James Moody, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes, Saxophone, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Bishop, Jr., Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam J. Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes & The All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
I See With My Third "I"
Roland Kirk
00:09:31

Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Moody, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes, Saxophone, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Bishop, Jr., Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam J. Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes & The All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Medley: If I Had You/Alone Together/For Heaven's Sake
Roland Kirk
00:07:30

Reg Connelly, ComposerLyricist - James Campbell, ComposerLyricist - TED SHAPIRO, ComposerLyricist - Howard Dietz, ComposerLyricist - Arthur Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - James Moody, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sherman Edwards, ComposerLyricist - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Elise Bretton, ComposerLyricist - Don Meyer, ComposerLyricist - Tubby Hayes, Saxophone, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Bishop, Jr., Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam J. Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes & The All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Afternoon In Paris
Roland Kirk
00:05:50

Roland Kirk, MainArtist - James Moody, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - John Lewis, ComposerLyricist - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes, Saxophone, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Bishop, Jr., Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam J. Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes & The All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Lady "E"
Roland Kirk
00:03:19

Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - James Moody, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Hayes, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes, Saxophone, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Bishop, Jr., Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sam J. Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Tubby Hayes & The All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Meeting On Termini's Corner
Roland Kirk
00:03:40

Andrew Hill, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer - Henry Duncan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Domino
Roland Kirk
00:03:13

Jacques Plante, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Hill, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Don Raye, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer - Henry Duncan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lous Ferrari, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Time
Roland Kirk
00:03:13

Richard Powell, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Hill, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Dean Powell, ComposerLyricist - Jack Tracy, Producer - Henry Duncan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
3-In-1 Without The Oil
Roland Kirk
00:02:33

Andrew Hill, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer - Henry Duncan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
A Stritch In Time
Roland Kirk
00:05:05

Andrew Hill, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer - Henry Duncan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Lament
Roland Kirk
00:03:39

Jon Hendricks, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Hill, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - J.J. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Martin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Tracy, Producer - Henry Duncan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
A Breath In The Wind
Roland Kirk
00:05:07

Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Baccus, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Baccus Quartet, MainArtist - Mose Fowler, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Land Of Peace
Roland Kirk
00:05:53

Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Leonard Feather, ComposerLyricist - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Lonesome August Child
Roland Kirk
00:04:35

Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Limbo Boat
Roland Kirk
00:03:01

Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Hay Ro
Roland Kirk
00:03:03

Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Waltz Of The Friends
Roland Kirk
00:04:39

Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 4

1
This Is Always
Roland Kirk
00:04:18

Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Reeds And Deeds
Roland Kirk
00:05:19

Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Song Of The Countrymen
Roland Kirk
00:06:55

Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Perkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Ecclusiastics
Roland Kirk
00:04:29

Albert Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Charles Mingus, ComposerLyricist - Don Butterfield, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1964 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
By Myself
Roland Kirk
00:04:21

Albert Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Dietz, ComposerLyricist - Arthur Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Don Butterfield, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Roland Speaks
Roland Kirk
00:03:06

Albert Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Don Butterfield, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Roland Kirk
00:05:15

Albert Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist - Eric Maschwitz, ComposerLyricist - Manning Sherwin, ComposerLyricist - Don Butterfield, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Variations On A Theme Of Hindemith
Roland Kirk
00:03:29

Albert Heath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Davis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Don Butterfield, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Tom McIntosh, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Virgil Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Greenlea, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Golson Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
I've Got Your Number
Roland Kirk Quartet
00:05:56

CY COLEMAN, ComposerLyricist - CAROLYN LEIGH, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Brown, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk Quartet, MainArtist - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Between The Fourth And The Fifth Step
Roland Kirk Quartet
00:03:41

Roland Kirk, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Brown, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk Quartet, MainArtist - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
April Morning
Roland Kirk Quartet
00:03:44

Roland Kirk, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Brown, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk Quartet, MainArtist - Harold Mabern, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Abdullah Rafik, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Rahsaan Roland Kirk's nearly one-dozen long-players on the Mercury Records family of labels -- including the Smash and Limelight subsidiaries -- are gathered on this massive ten-disc compilation. Actually, it is 11 discs if you count the surprise bonus CD. Additionally, Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk lives up to its name by augmenting those albums with more than two-dozen previously unissued sides. Kirk's thoroughly innovative multi-instrumental reed work caught the attention of legendary producer Quincy Jones, then the vice-president of Mercury Records, who signed Kirk and would later arrange and conduct orchestrations for several of his memorable sessions. Perhaps the most recognizable among them is "Soul Bossa Nova" which is heavily featured in the Austin Powers franchise. Kirk's ability to perform several reed instruments -- including the tenor, flute, clarinet, manzello, and stritch -- simultaneously allowed him a musical autonomy few instrumentalists are afforded. His youthful embrace of the R&B, soul, pop, and eventually rock genres produced swinging interpretations of "And I Love Her" and "Walk on By," among others. Regardless of the genre, however, Kirk's ability to Swing -- with a capitol "S" -- is imprinted upon every piece he performed. Although Kirk continued his prolific output on Atlantic records in the late '60s and '70s, arguably his most profound sides are included here. We Free Kings, Domino, Reeds and Deeds, Gifts and Messages, I Talk with the Spirits and Rip, Rig & Panic are offered in their entirety. Undoubtedly the centerpiece of Kirk's work for the label is the live Kirk in Copenhagen, which features some wicked harp blowing from blues legend "Sonny Boy" Williamson, aka Big Skol. It is only fitting that this album benefits so greatly from inclusion on this set. The original six sides have been supplemented with an additional ten to present the entire October '63 performance, now complete at an hour and 45 minutes. Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings if Roland Kirk is complimented visually with a 56-page information packed booklet that includes: complete discographical and recording session logs, as well individual essays for each disc. Although not for the light of funds, this is truly the best way to become immersed in these early works of Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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