Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Bright Moments (live)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (flute)
Bright Moments (Atlantic / Rhino)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (flute),
Ron Burton (piano), Henry Pearson (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Joe Habao (percussion).
Composed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Recorded: Keystone Korner, San Francisco, June 8-9, 1973
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk ranks among the finest soloists of his generation. But when you bought one of his records you never knew what you might get. First, there was that strange three-sided LP. What about those times he played three horns at once? And don't forget those bizarre instruments, the manzello and the stritch. And I loved it when he played the nose flute (but you wouldn't catch me sitting in the front row at the club when he blew it). If Kirk had just focused on tenor sax, he would have ranked with the finest, but that was just a sideline in his traveling one-man show. Where should the uninitiated start with this wide-ranging artist? The Bright Moments recording in San Francisco ranks first and foremost in my Kirk CD collection, and this wild title track is about as good as it gets. Kirk talks, sings, and grooves in high gear with his inimitable over-blowing technique on the flute. A bright moment all should enjoy.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia