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.

12 comments:

greg davis said...

thanks!

David said...

Thank you very much for this. I hadn't heard of it and am just coming around to becoming a Roland Kirk completist.

hcbeck said...

love this stuff

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alpax said...

I've had this album for many years. The cover is similar to the one you posted with the picture of Kirk on the back. Thanks for the digital copy!

avocado kid said...

sounds amazing!

E-Mile said...

Yeah, great stuff this is!!
Like most Rashaan albums, this one won't let you down either!
Since I'm a BIG Kirk f-a-n-a-t-i-c, I'd love everyone to hear this one a.s.a.p...
Pleae everyone, get a hold of the "Domino" album also :-)
slightly yours, E-mile

Burning Blue Soul said...

Thanks so much for this--AND The Ray Barretto . . . AND this great blog! (and the tip on the Devil's Jazz Blog? you've earned seriuosly good karma my man.

alan said...

i love rashaan -- haven't heard much early roland so thanks for this.
you have a fantastic blog.

Jeff said...

killer record, thanks for posting it. i wasn't very familiar with roland kirk, now i'm dying to hear more of his music..would you happen to have any other of his 60's stuff?

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katonah said...

tracked back for this little honey.
thanks bacoso