Roland Kirk – Now Please Don’t You Cry, Beautiful Edith (1967)

Tragically immersed in a blind man's world of infinite darkness, Roland Kirk’s universe was forever dominated by sound. Gifted with a powerful personality, immense natural talent and a near-obsession with jazz, he seems to have always been destined to become a musical force. A saxophonist of apparently limitless dexterity, he was also an excellent flutist, pioneering … Continue reading Roland Kirk – Now Please Don’t You Cry, Beautiful Edith (1967)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (1973)

Many Of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's albums may well resemble a crazed carnival ride, but inspired artistry is ever-present. As a soloist on sax, clarinet, flute, manzello (a customised soprano sax actually called a saxello), or stritch (an alto sax with a French-horn bell) he could play with explosive outrageousness or with incredible poise and grace. … Continue reading Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (1973)

Roy Haynes – Out of the Afternoon (1962)

Why this album isn't considered a classic is one of the injustices of the universe, at the very least. The first thing you become aware of is how clean and well balanced the sound is, the crispness of the cymbals and snare drum and boom of the toms places you in Rudy Van Gelder's studio … Continue reading Roy Haynes – Out of the Afternoon (1962)