Roland Kirk with Jack McDuff: The Skaters Waltz
The Skaters Waltz
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, manzello, stritch, flute, siren)
Kirk's Work (Prestige 7210)
Composed by Emile Waldteufel.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 11, 1961
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
A year after he recorded Introducing Roland Kirk and just months before he participated in Charles Mingus's Oh Yeah sessions, Roland Kirk recorded this hard-bop/soul-jazz session with organist Jack McDuff. Kirk is in fine form throughout, usually opting for a single horn (or flute on "Funk Underneath") to complement McDuff's spirited playing. On the album's concluding track, "The Skater's Waltz," a fine opening Kirk break and solo statements by Kirk and McDuff are followed by a combination of fours – first between Kirk and McDuff, then between Kirk and drummer Art Taylor. A fine example of a somewhat restrained early Kirk perhaps still searching for a balance between his encyclopedic knowledge of the jazz tradition and his quest for downright stylistic originality.
Reviewer: Eric Novod