Three For The Festival – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk is a master of writing simple but profound melodies. Charli Persip drum transcription also available.
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- Recording: Roland Kirk - We Free Kings
- Recorded on: August 17, 1961
- Label: Mercury (MG 20679)
- Concert Key: G minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Tenor Sax, Manzello, Stritch, Flute - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
- Piano - Hank Jones
- Bass - Wendell Marshall
- Drums - Charli Persip
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-- horn melodies are shown above the drum staff
-- AAB melody, drums fill throughout melody hits
-- Charli's playing through the first chorus of Rahsaan's flute solo clip
-- stop-time hits
-- out melody and ending
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...