Bright Moments - I nominate this as the quintessential live Kirk album, though the true quintessence must include the visual, so the video The One Man Twins is essential. It unfortunately hasn't made it to DVD. I've yet to hear one I didn't like. I like all the other albums I have by him, but that twofer gets the most playtime:.
I'd agree with Pete C. I'd put Domino and We Free Kings in there too. But here are 3 I rarely see mentioned:. Start with the Rah box Mercury, 10CDs , then get "The Inflated Tear", then start on all the Atlantics, make sure you get hold of a copy of the 3CD set 32jazz with two live discs and Kirk's stunning solo album, and after that you'll want to have the rest And one I'm very fond of is "Introducing", rec.
The Limelight LPs offer very diverse scenarios, and over the decades each has cultivated a large base of fan support, though the level of quality across the three is strong enough that no consensus critical favorite has ever really risen to the surface. I Talk with the Spirits possesses enough edginess to endear it to fans of the then happening New Thing, but for avant-garde firepower Rip, Rig and Panic is the real deal. And if the prior LP found Kirk in cahoots with such valuable players as pianist Horace Parlan, vibraphonist Bobby Moses, and drummer Walter Perkins, the band assembled for the follow-up is one for the ages: bassist Richard Davis, drummer Elvin Jones, and pianist Byard join the horn-man on what is arguably of course his finest studio work.
Well, it's not only that. It's a delicate expression of sound that only Rahsaan could coin a term for himself: Black Classical Music. Oh, and what an ornate pleasure it is. Quick shop. The playing on this outing is uniformly excellent, with Kirk ranging from his trademark up-tempo overblowing on "A Quote from Clifford Brown" to bluesy growling on "The Business Ain't Nothing But the Blues" to placid beauty on the ballad "Trees.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Acoustic Live Nils Lofgren. This Far Sade. Kind Of Blue Miles Davis. Hope Hugh Masekela. Texas Hurricane Stevie Ray Vaughan. Amused To Death Roger Waters.A4 - Trees A5 - Fugue'n And Alludin' B1 - The Business Ain't Nothin' But The Blues B2 - I Talk With The Spirits B3 - Ruined Castles B4 - Django B5 - My Ship LP 2 - Rip, Rig and Panic: Roland Kirk (tenor sax, manzello, stritch, castenets, siren), Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).