Complete Recordings: 1956-1962

Complete Recordings: 1956-1962

by Roland Kirk



Of the eight albums compiled on this Enlightenment box set, five of them belong under Roland Kirk's name as a leader. They include Triple Threat (1956, King), Introducing Roland Kirk (1960, Argo, with Ira Sullivan), Kirk's Work (1961, Prestige, with Jack McDuff), We Free Kings (Mercury, 1961), and Domino (Mercury, 1962). There are also three dates on which he is a featured soloist. Of these, Quincy Jones' Big Band Bossa Nova, while a fine recording, is completely unnecessary in this context. Better is the Roy Haynes Quartet's Out of the Afternoon from Impulse! Records in 1962, with pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Henry Grimes. But the best of these non-Kirk-led dates, however, is Tubby Hayes' Tubby's Back in Town, from 1962 on Smash. It placed Kirk in heavy duty company. The British saxophonist/leader plays tenor and vibes, James Moody (as "Jimmy Gloomy") also plays tenor, and the rhythm section features pianist Walter Bishop, Jr., bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Kirk plays not only tenor but also manzello, flute, and nose flute, and adds immeasurably to the force and texture of the record. There are 62 tracks on these four discs, and the sound is decent, but not remastered. The set is exceptionally cheap. One thing the consumer should be aware of, however, is that Enlightenment, being a British label, is not bound by the same copyright laws as the United States, and neither the artists nor their estates see compensation from this reissue.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2014
Label: Enlightenment
UPC: 0823564640327
catalogNumber: 49019

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roland Kirk   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Shapiro   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Newton Mendonça   Composer
Marlow   Composer
Waldteufel   Composer
Quenzer   Composer
Plante   Composer
Boscoli   Composer
Roland Kirk   Composer

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