April Morning – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk's simple melodic genius is at its finest in this charming, wistful ballad that evokes times gone by.
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- Recording: Roland Kirk - Quartet Meets The Benny Golson Orchestra
- Recorded on: June 12, 1963
- Label: Mercury (MG 20844)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Stritch - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
- Piano - Harold Mabern
- Bass - Abdullah Rafik
- Drums - Gerald Sonny Brown
August 7, 1935 – December 15, 1977
With a stritch dangling below his knees, manzello and tenor sax hanging from his neck and a hodgepodge of various homemade instruments, Roland Kirk was a surreal, innovative and inspiring saxophonist who was intensely serious about music. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he became blind at an early age. Taking up an assortment of instruments early on, he began playing tenor sax professionally in R&B bands by the age of 15. Infatuated by the manzello (saxello soprano) and stritch (straight alto saxophone), he reshaped the saxes so he could play all three simultaneously, evident in his first recording in 1956, "Triple Threat." By 1960 he had incorporated the siren whistle into his solos, and by 1963 had mastered circular breathing. Even while playing two or three saxophones at once, Kirk's music was powerful jazz with a strong feel for the blues. Read more...