Personnel includes: Rashaan Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet); Crystal-Joy Albert (vocals); Charlie Greenlea, Tom McIntosh (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Lonnie Liston Smith, Horace Parlan, Hank Jones, Harold Mabern, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Kelly, Tete Montoliu, Jaki Byard (piano); Ronnie Boykins, Michael Fleming, Wendell Marshall, Richard Davis, Vernon Martin (bass); Grady Tate, Walter Perkins, Charli Persip, Albert Heath, Roy Haynes, Steve Ellington, J.C. Moses, Elvin Jones (drums).
Producers: Creed Taylor, Bobby Scott, Jack Tracy, Quincy Jones.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1961 & 1967. Includes liner notes by Bill Kirchner.
Digitally remastered by Arto Hammer.
Personnel: Rahsaan Roland Kirk (flute, wooden flute, clarinet, stritch, manzello, tenor saxophone); Crystal-Joy Albert (vocals); Virgil Jones (trumpet); Charles Greenlea, Tom McIntosh (trombone); Hank Jones , Harold Mabern, Herbie Hancock, Horace Parlan, Jaki Byard, Lonnie Liston Smith, Tete Montoliu, Wynton Kelly (piano); Elvin Jones, Grady Tate, J.C. Moses, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Roy Haynes, Steve Ellington, Walter Perkins (drums); Bill Kirchner (sequencer).
Liner Note Author: Bill Kirchner.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (08/17/1961-05/02/1967); Hollywood, CA (08/17/1961-05/02/1967); Jazzhus Montmarte, Copenhagen, Denmark (08/17/1961-05/02/1967); Nola Recording Studio, New York, NY (08/17/1961-05/02/1967); Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (08/17/1961-05/02/1967).
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Arranger: Benny Golson.
As difficult as it is to adequately present such a talented, driven, quirky and unique musician, this compilation tries. Drawn from his Mercury and Verve recordings, mostly from the first half of the '60s, this worthy release eschews his later, more experimental work on Atlantic. Whether playing two or three woodwinds simultaneously, wailing on flute or whistle or employing his own stritch or manzello, he sounds like no one else. He gets sympathetic backing throughout, particularly from a wide assortment of pianists who include Herbie Hancock and Horace Parlan. Nine of the 14 tracks are written by the frontman himself, including "Serenade to a Cuckoo," which Jethro Tull covered on its debut. It's easy to see why Ian Anderson was impressed by Kirk's flute work. ~ Mark Allan