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Roland Kirk, the amazing one-man saxophone section and sublime soloist, had yet to add "Rahsaan" to his name when he recorded his first album for Prestige in 1961. It wasn't yet quite clear to many, even people at the center of the jazz community, that Kirk's gifts went considerably beyond the ability to play three horns at once.
Gradually, it began to dawn on one and all that the man's almost superhuman energy and dedication were matched by musicianship based as firmly in tradition as in innovation. Eventually, it became possible to accept as parts of Kirk's kaleidoscopic expression those odd instruments the manzello and the strich, not to mention the nose flute and kirkbam that he added later. And what a tenor saxophonist. Kirk's Work is a milestone in the brief, brilliant career of a major artist.
Recorded July 11, 1961 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - flute, manzello, tenor saxophone, siren, stritch
Jack McDuff - organ, Hammond organ
Joe Benjamin - bass
Art Taylor - drums
Recording and mastering engineer: Rudy Van Gelder