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Rahsaan Rahsaan
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Rahsaan
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Featuring Kirk and the Vibration Society. Originally released in 1970. Classics 'Satin Doll' and 'Sentimental Journey' are interpreted along with Rahsaan Roland Kirks seventeen minute suite 'The Seeker'. 2002.


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All Artists: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Title: Rahsaan Rahsaan
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collectables
Release Date: 8/13/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090431634127


Album Description
Featuring Kirk and the Vibration Society. Originally released in 1970. Classics 'Satin Doll' and 'Sentimental Journey' are interpreted along with Rahsaan Roland Kirks seventeen minute suite 'The Seeker'. 2002.

CD Reviews

J. Nichols | 05/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here's an e-mail and a response; PLEASE READ!!! This review is about the label not the recording. IT'S GREAT, GET IT; just not on this label. To whoever it concerns (hopefully Joel Dorn), Just wanted to let you know, if you didn't already, that the Collectables label puts 2 seconds of silence between tracks. I've bought Rahsaan Rahsaan & The 3 Sided Dream and everything has 2 seconds of silence between songs that run on together. This pisses me off as I called the label & they told me that's how they got the master from Atlantic! I've wasted $25 on these & I have to buy them over again as I refuse to make due with these versions. How can a label sell an inferior product? Anyway, I just wanted to let you know and hope someone provides them with corrected masters. Thanks. Dave. Dave, Thanks for writing. First off, you learned the hard way to never buy anything from Collectables. They have no intention of serving the music. It's like a chop shop. Secondly, I'll pass your email along to Joel Dorn, but there is nothing whatsoever he can do about it. He hasn't worked for Atlantic records since the mid-70s. As I'm sure you know, Atlantic is owned by Warner Music Group, which up until a few months ago was part of AOL, and still remains a mega l Dorn is so far off their radar to not even be existant when it comes to the masters they issue to licensing labels for reissue. Even if he were to complain about them mis-representing his original productions, it would mean exactly nothing to them. It's a drag, but unfortunately it's the reality of the it were Rhino reissuing those records, he could have more say, but the licensing to other labels is a lost cause."
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El Lagarto | Sandown, NH | 05/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is surely one of Kirk's most fascinating, and dense, efforts. It's important to know that Kirk was blind, had an active dream life, was an indefatigable student of jazz history, played multiple reed instruments simultaneously, and was able to play very different melodies simultaneously when he did. Kirk always acknowledged the debt he felt to those who went before him and was eager to educate his listeners. That desire to travel back in time and run down the roots - as well as teach - has never been more evident than it is here.

Almost half the CD is devoted to a suite called The Seeker. A high-octane line-up including Howard Johnson on tuba, Kirk favorite Ron Burton on piano, and LeRoy Jenkins on violin - among others - helps Rahsaan as he escorts listeners on a jazz odyssey that culminates ultimately - as it must - in New Orleans. Kirk relies heavily on speaking, and ambient sounds - paper bags, telephones, a laughing box - to create a very intimate, casual atmosphere, almost as if you have entered into his subconscious itself. He guides listeners patiently, burning up his tenor saxophone, working through various genres, naming off many of the greats. It's always exciting, but, as the name suggests, one feels a restlessness, as if - no matter how good the music is now - we will soon be shifting gears to go somewhere else.

In Medley, Kirk takes a live audience through his multi-horn virtuosity; describing it as "the first time in Western history" this feat has been accomplished. On one horn he plays Sentimental Journey, and on the other, a theme from the New World Symphony by Dvorak. He describes this as "splitting your mind into two parts." (Not something one hears every day.) Not only does he play both these pieces simultaneously, he riffs and jams on them simultaneously, using circular breathing to continue uninterrupted. It's unfortunate that Kirk was marginalized for stunts like this. He was a giant, as big as Bird and Trane. The multi-horn side of his persona had more to do with being blind and wanting to do everything himself; and a volcanic desire to create and experiment, than anything else. It's quite ironic that what seemed most unique and remarkable at the time in retrospect feels like a distraction from his prodigious abilities as a player.

Sweet Fire is a personal favorite of mine; it's got a slow drag groove that really sneaks up into you. The CD finishes with a track that really provides a nice sense of the "live" Roland Kirk experience. Baby Let Me Shake Your Tree begins with a fairly lengthy, salty introduction that even sneaks in a little political commentary. It then launches into a blues number that is raw at best, and hilarious. No performer I've ever seen, and I saw Kirk three times, knew how to work a room quite like he did. He was smart, funny, outrageous, edgy, and always kept you off guard - but when it came time to deliver the goods, Rahsaan didn't just come across, he tore down the house."
Ahh... Rahsaan
J. Nichols | South Glens Falls,New York USA | 01/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"How I wish I could go back to those Greenwich Village days when Rahsaan Roland Kirk and so many other great artists played there. This is great music!