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Standing Eight
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Standing Eight
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a blind musician who played all manner of saxophone--including modified horns such as the stritch and manzello--as well as the flute and the clarinet. A serious jazzman who pushed the limits of his ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Title: Standing Eight
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: 32. Jazz Records
Original Release Date: 9/15/1998
Release Date: 9/15/1998
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 604123210027

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a blind musician who played all manner of saxophone--including modified horns such as the stritch and manzello--as well as the flute and the clarinet. A serious jazzman who pushed the limits of his own ability, Kirk performed standards by Ellington and Gershwin as well as music from Africa and the West Indies. He was also infamous for playing two or three saxophones simultaneously, often in different keys. Before his death in 1977, Kirk suffered a stroke and was forced to play the saxophone with one hand. This double-disc features Kirk's final recordings--while inconsistent, they reveal a remarkably talented and sensitive artist whose tenor style was reminiscent of both Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane. Showcasing Kirk's distinctive studio work interspersed with some rousing concert performances, A Standing Eight is a particularly worthwhile compilation. --Mitch Myers
 

CD Reviews

3 albums on one CD
COMPUTERJAZZMAN | Cliffside Park, New Jersey United States | 08/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"these are the final three albums from that legendary genius, Rahsaan Roland Kirk ( all on one CD, I might add). If you like Rahsaan, then you have to have this."
These are the complete final albums
M. Salmestrelli | Seaside park, Nj | 10/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are the complete final three albums Rahsaan made before his passing. I gave this cd a five star rating only because of the final album he made after the stroke. The first album here is his Warner Brothers debut and that album with the exception of the first track is very weak. It is mostly vocal renditions to other artists hits("Loving you" was so very bad).
The second album is "Krikatron" and I enjoyed this one for it had recent live recordings from Montreaux 75. Also the studio tracks with the exception of "Bright Moments" was terrific. This album was put together with outtakes from the previous albums recording session and the live cuts for Rahsaan had his stroke and what followed is his final album which I truely love.
Everything about his final album is haunting to the point of actually being scarey. Two tracks are just Rahsaan and a baby piano dueting. The other tracks proved that although he did suffer a severe strike and he couldnt be what he was still was better than most (far better that Kenny G).
If you listen to the album and just not think of it as a album made by someone who just had a stroke you will love it still for the music is terrific on its own.
THe liner notes are shared from a compilation of this material. They are terrific and they tell the story.
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