Kirk’s Work

If you’re looking to dig back and discover a jazz great you might have overlooked, then Roland Rahsaan Kirk could be that musician. Initially disregraded as a novelty for his ability to play three saxophones simultaneously, Kirk proved to be one of the most distinctive musicians on sax and flute of his generation and a much valued sideman for the likes of Charles Mingus, Quincy Jones and Roy Haynes.

He was also a notable composer in the 60s & 70s taking influences from contemporary pop music and the avant garde, often with a strong civil rights message, yet never straying far from the very roots of jazz. Albums such as Kirk’s Work (with organist Jack McDuff) and The Inflated Tear belong in any good jazz collection.

This article from All About Jazz offers an alternate route into discovering his music:

This concert from 1972 has Kirk in fine form bringing his unique style to jazz classics form Ellington to Coltrane: