Roland Kirk: Cabin In The Sky


Cabin In The Sky


Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, flute, manzello, stritch, nose flute, siren)


Kirk in Copenhagen (Mercury MG 20894)

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, flute, manzello, stritch, nose flute, siren),

Tete Montoliu (piano), Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen or Don Moore (bass), J.C. Moses (drums)


Composed by Vernon Duke & John Latouche


Recorded: live at Club Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 1963


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Roland Kirk spent 1961 and 1962 developing his craft by performing with some of jazz's finest players, from Jack McDuff, Charles Mingus, and Benny Golson to Herbie Hancock and Roy Haynes, the latter two who appear on Kirk's seminal 1962 session, Domino. With these experiences in the bag, Kirk hit his stride by late 1963, especially in his live performances. Kirk in Copenhagen, a live date from the famed Club Montmartre, reveals just how electrifying a performer Kirk had quickly become. "Cabin in the Sky" has it all a standard opening bop statement, a fine Montoliu solo, and a blazing Kirk improvisation including a run from 1:18 to 1:53 that just may contain the most amount of notes ever heard in 35 seconds!

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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