Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Multi instrumentalist, raconteur, jazz preacher, hipster sage, sightless seeker and American music legend. Words can only scratch the surface in describing the sheer force of human spirit that was Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Having passed away in 1977, the music he left behind continues to tell the story 25 years later. Like so many great artists of the 20th century, his legacy grows in stature as his music is discovered by new generations. And as if on cue, every few years the opportunity seems to arise for previously unheard Rahsaan recordings to be shared with the world. The latest discovery is a club recording from November 5, 1974 at The Backdoor in San Diego, California. To be released April 22nd on Hyena Records, Compliments of the Mysterious Phantom is Rahsaan in full force; seemingly a whirlwind of musical ideas hitting town simultaneously. He effortlessly trades off between tenor saxophone, flute, whistle, conch shell and more, all the while enlightening the audience with gems of cosmic philosophy, utter absurdity and absolute truth.
Having just finished a week long engagement at San Francisco