Roland Kirk: Alfie
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (reeds)
Rip, Rig, and Panic / Now Please Donít You Cry, Beautiful Edith (Verve 832164)
Ronald Boykins (bass).
Recorded: Englewood, New Jersey, April 1967
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Yet another great movie theme from my youth evoking melancholy and ennui addressed by one of the great musicians/characters of his day. While Kirk may be better known for his persona and extended techniques (circular breathing and playing multiple instruments at one time), down deep his poetic take on this Bacharach/David piece is awe-inspiring. As is often the case with artists of this caliber, you hear the history of the jazz saxophone interspersed with the unique voiceprint of the individual. The bandís sensitivity is top-notch throughout with Boykins standing out in particular. Dig the trick ending!
Reviewer: Frank Murphy