Roland Kirk: You Did It, You Did It


You Did It, You Did It



We Free Kings (Verve 826 455-2)

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk (flute), Hank Jones (piano), Wendell Marshall (bass), Charlie Persip (drums).

Recorded: New York, August 17, 1961


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Among the portable pawnshop of strange instruments slung around Roland Kirk's neck was an ordinary transverse flute. Ordinary, that is, until he played it. Not even the Marquis de Sade could have more thoroughly debauched this genteel staple of 18th-century Parisian salons. Under the roguish Captain Kirk's aegis, the celestial flute beamed down to earth faster than a photon torpedo. Throughout this slow, accusatory blues, the Captain spits, snarls, grunts through, and otherwise gutturally accosts his flute for 2 wrenchingly expressive minutes. Oh, and lest we forget, it's funnier than a Marx Brothers movie. A fabulous track by an incomparable jazzman.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


  • 1 Belial // Aug 24, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    "You did it. You did it" by Rahsaan Roland Kirk is almost completely overlooked or ignored or lost masterpiece of Kirk, jazz, and music in general. I believe jazz fans are unable or unwilling to listen through the histrionics to hear the great art and great music.