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Monday, 13 June 2011

The Inflated Tear

Composed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk 1968



Rahsaan Roland Kirk almost defies classification, he is definitely a jazz oddity ahead of his time with his ability to play multiple instruments at the same time without sounding like a one man band!  He often played a tenor saxophone, manzello and strich all at the same time but he was could play a wide variety of instruments to create his unique sound.  His instruments were usually heavily modified to allow them to be played one handed.  Because of his unorthodox approach, he was often seen as a mere curiosity, but his famous piece "The Inflated Tear" shows off his ability to compose great music, while making it uniquely his own.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: tenor Saxophone, manzello, stritch, flute, clarinet, nose flute, chromatic tuner, percussion, vocals,
Ron Burton: piano
Vernon Martin: bass
Jerome Cooper: drums
Joe "Habao" Texidor: percussion

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