Wednesday, November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008: Album of the Day Vol. 41: Rahsaan Roland Kirk - 1975 - The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color

Atlantic 1674

01. Conversation
02. Bye Bye Blackbird
03. Horses (Monogram/Republic)
04. High Heeled Sneakers
05. Dream
06. Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs
07. The Entertainer (Done in the style of The Blues)
08. Freaks for the Festival
09. Dream
10. Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies
11. Dream
12. The Entertainer
13. Dream
14. Dream
15. Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies
16. Dream
17. Freaks for the Festival
18. SESROH [really backwards]
19. Bye Bye Blackbird
20. Conversation

Rahsaan Roland Kirk-tsx, bssx, f, tpt, manzello, stritchaphone, voc, arr
Pat Patrick-bsx
Cornell Dupree, Keith Loving, Hugh McCracken-g
Arthur Jenkins, Hilton Ruiz, Richard Tee-k
Francisco Centeno, Metathias Pearson, Bill Salter-b
Sonny Brown, Steve Gadd, John Goldsmith-d
Lawrence Killian-cga
Ralph MacDonald-cga, perc
William Eaton-arr, cond (7, 17)
Arthur Jenkins-arr, cond (4, 15)
"The part of the computer is played by Milton Grayson and Rondo H. Slade."

Regent Sound Studios

All Music Guide review by Thom Jurek:

"Perhaps I am an apologist for Rahsaan Roland Kirk, I don't know. If I am then I should be smacked, because he needed no one to make apologies for him. The Case of the 3-Sided Dream in Audio Color is a case in point. The namby-pamby jazz critics, those "serious" guys who look for every note to be in order before they'll say anything positive, can shove it on this one. They panned the hell out of it in 1975, claiming it was "indulgent." Okay. Which Kirk record wasn't? Excess was always the name of the game for Kirk, but so was the groove, and here on this three-sided double LP, groove is at the heart of everything. Surrounding himself with players like Cornell Dupree, Hugh McCracken, Richard Tee, Hilton Ruiz (whose playing on "Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs" is so greasy, so deliciously dirty it's enthralling), Steve Gadd, and others from that soul-jazz scene, it's obvious what you're gonna get, right? Nope. From his imitations of Miles Davis and John Coltrane on "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" to his screaming, funky read on "High Heel Sneakers" to his Delta-to-New-Orleans version of "The Entertainer," Kirk is deep in the groove. But the groove he moves through is one that is so large, so universal, deep, and serene, that it transcends all notions of commercialism versus innovation. Bottom line, even with the charming tape-recorded ramblings of his between tunes, this was his concept and it works like a voodoo charm. Here's one for the revisionists: This record jams."


Bologna 1973

Montreux 1975

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