Roland Kirk

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Ronald Theodore Kirk
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Born August 7, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Died December 5, 1977 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (of a stroke).

He was best known for being a blind jazz saxophonist who could play more than one wind instrument at once. Kirk played a number of musical instruments, mainly various saxophones, clarinets and flutes. His main instruments were tenor saxophone and two obscure saxophones: the stritch and the manzello. Kirk modified these instruments himself to accommodate his simultaneous playing technique. The idea of playing more than one saxophone at the same time occurred to him in a dream and he set out to make it a reality. Around 1970 he added "Rahsaan" to his name after hearing it in a dream. He is also noted for his circular breathing technique and was reportedly able to sustain a note for over an hour.
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539 Roland Kirk - Triple Threat album art Roland Kirk Triple Threat (Album) King Records (3) 539 US 1957 Sell This Version
MGAR 9220 Roland Kirk - Introducing Roland Kirk album art Roland Kirk Introducing Roland Kirk (Album) Argo (6) MGAR 9220 Netherlands 1960 Sell This Version
PR 7210, PRLP 7210 Roland Kirk - Kirk's Work album art Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff* Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff* - Kirk's Work (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7210, PRLP 7210 US 1961 Sell This Version
SR 60748, SR-60748 Roland Kirk - Domino album art Roland Kirk Domino (Album) Mercury, Mercury SR 60748, SR-60748 US 1962 Sell This Version
MG 20679, MG-20679 Roland Kirk - We Free Kings album art Roland Kirk We Free Kings (Album) Mercury MG 20679, MG-20679 US 1962 Sell This Version
SMWL 21032 Roland Kirk - Reeds & Deeds album art Roland Kirk Reeds & Deeds (Album) Mercury SMWL 21032 UK 1963 Sell This Version
MG-20894 Roland Kirk - Kirk In Copenhagen album art Roland Kirk Kirk In Copenhagen (Album) Mercury MG-20894 US 1964 Sell This Version
125 945 MCL Roland Kirk - Gifts & Messages album art Roland Kirk Gifts & Messages (Album) Mercury 125 945 MCL Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
LS 86008 Roland Kirk - I Talk With The Spirits album art Roland Kirk I Talk With The Spirits (Album) Limelight LS 86008 US 1965 Sell This Version
412 012 S Roland Kirk - Tonight At Noon album art Charlie Mingus* featuring Roland Kirk Charlie Mingus* featuring Roland Kirk - Tonight At Noon(LP, Mono, Alt) Atlantic 412 012 S France 1966 Sell This Version
LM-82033, LM 82033 Roland Kirk - Slightly Latin album art Roland Kirk Slightly Latin (Album) Limelight LM-82033, LM 82033 US 1966 Sell This Version
V-8709, V/8709 Roland Kirk - Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith album art Roland Kirk Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith (Album) Verve Records V-8709, V/8709 US 1967 Sell This Version
ALM 83007 Roland Kirk - Here Comes The Whistleman album art Roland Kirk Here Comes The Whistleman (Album) Atlantic ALM 83007 US 1967 Sell This Version
PJ-10116 Roland Kirk - The Jazz Corps album art The Jazz Corps Under The Direction Of Tommy Peltier Featuring Roland Kirk The Jazz Corps Under The Direction Of Tommy Peltier Featuring Roland Kirk - The Jazz Corps (Album) Pacific Jazz PJ-10116 US 1967 Sell This Version
SC 1502 Roland Kirk - The Inflated Tear album art Roland Kirk The Inflated Tear (Album) Atlantic SC 1502 US 1968 Sell This Version
SD 1534 Roland Kirk - Volunteered Slavery album art Roland Kirk Volunteered Slavery (Album) Atlantic SD 1534 US 1969 Sell This Version
ALM 81518 Roland Kirk - Left & Right album art Roland Kirk Left & Right (Album) Atlantic ALM 81518 US 1969 Sell This Version
SD 1578 Roland Kirk - Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (Album) Atlantic SD 1578 US 1971 Sell This Version
ATL CS 1630 0697 Roland Kirk - A Meeting Of The Times album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler - A Meeting Of The Times (Album) Atlantic ATL CS 1630 0697 US 1972 Sell This Version
SD 1601 Roland Kirk - Blacknuss album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Blacknuss (Album) Atlantic SD 1601 US 1972 Sell This Version
SD 2-907 Roland Kirk - Bright Moments album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Bright Moments (Album) Atlantic SD 2-907 US 1973 Sell This Version
SD 1640 Roland Kirk - Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (Album) Atlantic SD 1640 US 1973 Sell This Version
P-4023A,4024A Roland Kirk - The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color (Album) Atlantic P-4023A,4024A Japan 1975 Sell This Version
SD 1686 Roland Kirk - Other Folks' Music album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Other Folks' Music (Album) Atlantic SD 1686 US 1976 Sell This Version
BS 2918 Roland Kirk - The Return Of The 5000 Lb. Man album art Rahsaan Roland Kirk* The Return Of The 5000 Lb. Man (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2918 US 1976 Sell This Version

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lennylightweight

lennylightweight

January 4, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
Rahsaan was considered to be either crazy or a genius, from what I can hear my conclusion is a worthy genius. How many musicians can play multiple nose trumpets/flutes along with an array of self-modified saxophones. For me, this is a purchase on sight artist.

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