Serenade To A Cuckoo – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Like its namesake, Serenade To A Cuckoo is best described as whimsical. Unlike the politically charged, raw compositions of Kirk's later period, this piece is full of joy and creative spirit.
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- Recording: Rahsaah Roland Kirk - I Talk With The Spirits
- Recorded on: September 16 & 17, 1964
- Label: Limelight (LM 82008)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Flute - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
- Vocal - Miss C.J. Albert
- Piano - Horace Parlan
- Bass - Michael Fleming
- Drums - Walter Perkins
Don Sickler: "In the early1970s Rahsaan often came by my place in midtown Manhattan. One of the things we discussed was very important to Rahsaan: the possibility of making music boxes that would play his music. We even visited a music box shop on the upper East side, crowded and noisy with sounds. Serenade To A Cuckoo was one of the pieces he wanted to put in a music box."
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...