Roland Kirk: Our Love Is Here To Stay


Love Is Here To Stay (aka Our Love Is Here To Stay)


Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, stritch, manzello)


Introducing Roland Kirk (GRP Records)

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

Ira Sullivan (trumpet), William Burton (organ, piano), Donald Garrett (bass), Sonny Brown (drums)


Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: Chicago, Illinois, June 7, 1960


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

As quickly as some critics saw three saxophones around Roland Kirk's neck and howled gimmickry, was as quickly as Kirk won over nearly all their praises with his ability to pick up a single saxophone and lead a generation of expressive players. Not too long after this second Kirk session, he was not only critically acclaimed but had developed an exceptionally loyal cult following, a far rarer occurrence in the jazz world than one might think.

Kirk's take on this Gershwin standard is a fine example of his early hard-bop intensity on a single saxophone. While trumpeter Ira Sullivan guests on multiple tracks throughout the session, "Our Love is Here to Stay" is all Kirk. His improvisation takes off at the 1:25 mark and builds until the band develops a strong groove about a minute later. Throughout the solo, Kirk cleverly intersperses brief unexpected vertical maneuvers amidst his standard soul-jazz lines. Note the strong melodic bass work from Donald Garrett that triggers Kirk's solo development.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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