Roland Kirk: Volunteered Slavery
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, stritch, vocals)
Volunteered Slavery (Atlantic 1534)
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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