24 August 2007
ROLAND KIRK - SLIGHTLY LATIN
A perennial favourite here at Bacoso's Big Top this is the fabulous Roland Kirk for Limelight Records from 1965.Check "Juarez" for a jaw dropping Mingus/Tijuana Moods styled latin bomb propelled by Montego Joe and Manuel Ramos ; "Raouf" which is just fucking bonkers-Coleridge Perkinson never arranged for vocals this well again ;"Walk on By" which rips into the Bacharach standard with a free for all pandemonium of sound booted along by Kirk doubling up on tenor and baritone.Highly Recommended !!
Virgil Jones-tpt Martin Banks-flg Garnett Brown-tb Horace Parlan-p,cel Eddie Mathias-b Sonny Brown-d, nagoya harp Montego Joe-cga Manuel Ramos-perc Choir Coleridge Perkinson-cond
Dusty Groove raved about it and there usual over the top enthusiasm is entirely justified in this instance:
Unbelievable! This is one of the maddest Roland Kirk albums of all time -- and it's also one of the hardest to find! The title says "Slightly Latin", but it's more of a mixed-up Now Sound/Bacharach-ish blend of orchestrations and voices, plus Exotica tinges, with Roland playing some very off-kilter reed solos on flute and various saxes. The sound is incredible, and the arrangements are incredibly strange -- and the album sounds like nothing that Kirk (or anyone else) has ever done! Highlights include "Shaky Money", "Safari", "Ebrauos", "Raouf", "Juarez", and a wild version of "Walk On By". The whole thing's wild, though, and it never lets up for a minute! More "out" than "easy", and a real treasure that's the kind of reissue we like to get behind!
Ripped from the original vinyl @320.I've posted the cover from the DG reissue but my copy has a picture of Kirk in the studio with a beret on and a mike hanging in front of him.