Funk Underneath – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
A simple, laid-back riff blues, one of Kirk's specialties.
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- Recording: Roland Kirk - Kirk's Works
- Recorded on: July 11, 1961
- Label: Prestige (PRLP 7210)
- Concert Key: G
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium slow)
- Flute, Tenor Sax, Manzello, Siren - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
- Organ - Jack McDuff
- Bass - Joe Benjamin
- Drums - Art Taylor
This song has subsequently been recorded several times, most recently by baritone saxophonist/flautist Claire Daly on her tribute album "Rah! Rah! Rahsaan!"
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...