Roland Kirk: Volunteered Slavery


Volunteered Slavery


Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, stritch, vocals)


Volunteered Slavery (Atlantic 1534)

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, stritch, vocals),

Charles McGhee (trumpet), Dick Griffith (trombone), Ron Burton (piano), Vernon Martin (bass), Charles Crosby (drums), Joe Habad Texidor (tambourine)


Recorded: New York City, July 23, 1969


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

As the man who breathed fire into the eclectic jazz scene of the late 1960s, Kirk stood out by using a multitude of saxes and homemade instruments simultaneously. His visceral, full sound delivers the catchy, free-form melody that churns with zeal. The tambourine and vocals emanating from the band lend a chain-gang quality to this track, which became a song of praise for the Black Nationalist Movement. With a touch of humor, Kirk flirts with the politics of the day.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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