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Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Domino comes from early in saxophonist Roland Kirk's career, recorded in 1962 when he was just beginning to gain notoriety for his ability to play three saxophones at once: the manzello (a near-soprano), stritch (a straigh...  more »


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All Artists: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Title: Domino
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1962
Re-Release Date: 11/14/2000
Album Type: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731454383325

Domino comes from early in saxophonist Roland Kirk's career, recorded in 1962 when he was just beginning to gain notoriety for his ability to play three saxophones at once: the manzello (a near-soprano), stritch (a straightened alto), and an orthodox tenor. What was overlooked initially, but is already apparent here, is that Kirk was an astonishingly creative player. Whatever the instrument he's soloing on here, Kirk has his own sound and his own soulful intensity. He had clearly mastered the hard bop and modal vocabularies, and he kept stretching to include elements of the avant-garde, funk, and early jazz. His compositions are well thought-out, with evidence of his recent Mingus stint, and the influences of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane had already coalesced into a distinctive style. Kirk was also an effective orchestrator, switching horns for intros and bridges or punctuating tunes with his own saxophone section. On "I Believe in You" he alternates muffled tenor with perky manzello, then throws in a sudden unison on both horns. His music simultaneously insists on both his roots and his reach, from blues and ballads to barnyard noises and circular breathing. This Domino actually comes from three sessions, and the arrangement of the material should satisfy listeners who prefer the form of original LPs and those who enjoy alternate takes and the blow-by-blow studio experience. The original LP, the first 10 tracks, comes from two sessions. The first six tracks are by Kirk's working band with Andrew Hill on piano, an ideal partner with a percussive, unpredictably angular style that provides Kirk added stimulus. The other "original" four tracks were recorded six months earlier by a studio group with Wynton Kelly on piano and Roy Haynes on drums. There are apparently no alternates extant for these sessions. The rest of the CD--seven tunes over some 15 tracks--was recorded the day before the Kelly session, with pianist Herbie Hancock joining Haynes and bassist Vernon Martin. Some of this material has found its way onto various Kirk issues over the years, but there are alternate takes and breakdowns that haven't previously appeared, even on The Complete Mercury Recordings. The two versions of the pretty "Domino" are by different bands, while "Meeting on Termini's Corner" with Hill is a completely different tune than the earlier "Termini's Corner" with Hancock, the former avant-garde in its fractured, refracting lines, the latter call-and-response funk. --Stuart Broomer

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Classic Rah...No foolin'!
David S. Minjares | Montebello, CA. USA | 11/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love "Domino", Rahsaan Roland Kirk's great 1962 album. Recorded duriung his early period with Mercury Records, Rah extends his voice even further than his previous album "We Free Kings" and starts to exhibit more humor through his playing and interpretations of originals and standards. And the man cooks! His multi-reed playing is astonishing! Yet, what could be taken as showy or novel, is some of the most melodic, lyrical and swinging music around. And the company! Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, Wynton Kelly, Roy Haynes, etcetera, is very fluid and challenging. Of course, there's the classic first versions of loved Kirk staples like the title track, "Meeting On Termini's Corner", "A Stritch In Time", "Three In One Without the Oil" and great takes on "J.J. Johnson's "Lament", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Someone To Watch Over Me" and so much more. At over 77 minutes long, this is well-worth the bucks!Be glad that this album is now easily available (with PLENTY of extra tracks, too!!). Rah was one of the best musicians and the most most natural to grace jazz and 20th Century music. Grab it without two thoughts! Go...."
Domino-Rahsaan Roland Kirk
J. Nichols | South Glens Falls,New York USA | 07/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Awesome CD,some earlier works that were missing from my collection. Excellent reissue."
Giant chops!!!
Robert Lewis | Oz | 10/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The thing to look out for is the release date on this CD. There are earlier releases without the same track listings or sequence. Nonetheless, earlier releases still have 21 tracks of "fine" R Kirk compositions and covers. This release of at least two sessions, showcase 6+ Kirk originals and some great covers, along with his virtuosity and humour on various reeds and horns, including stritch. Both quartets on these dates in 1962, the first Wynton Kelly, Vernon Martin and Roy Haynes, the second Andrew Hill, Martin and Henry Duncan more than ably keep the pace with the man - an absolute giant of the jazz idiom."