Mojo (Publisher) - p.1174 stars out of 5
- "Kirk explores everything from ragtime and blues to fusion and free jazz, though significantly, each stylistic shift bears his own inimitable musical imprimatur."
Also available in a 2-CD set with Yusef Lateef's PART OF THE SEARCH.
Personnel: Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor & bass saxophones, flute, trumpet, strichaphone, manzello); Pat Patrick (baritone saxophone); Arthur Jenkins, Hilton Ruiz, Richard Tee (keyboards); Cornell Dupree, Keith Loving, Hugh McCracken (guitar); Francisco Centeno, Metathias Pearson, Bill Salter (bass); Sonny Brown, Steven Gadd, John Goldsmith (drums); Lawrence Killian (congas); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Recorded at Regent Sound Studios, New York. Includes liner notes by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Personnel includes: Rahsaan Roland Kirk (saxophone); Richard Tee, Steve Gadd, Hugh McCracken.
From its typically grandiloquent title to its unique structure--the original vinyl album did have three sides, with the fourth left blank--this 1975 album is one of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's all-time classics. SGT. PEPPER-style concept albums are a rarity in jazz, with most jazz concept records based on thematically similar songs or arrangements, which makes Kirk's extended reverie on dreams, lost youth, and jazz history that much more impressive. This album is structured like a Mobius strip, with several songs appearing twice in wildly different arrangements and contexts (there's even a 20-second tape of a movie stampede called "Horses [Monogram/Republic]" that appears later played backwards and titled "Sesroh"), and studded with spoken-word interludes all titled "Dream." THE CASE OF THE THREE-SIDED DREAM IN AUDIO COLOR is simultaneously nostalgic and forward-looking, with the heartbreaking original "Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs" and the stunning Scott Joplin tribute "The Entertainer (Done in the Style of the Blues)" as its melancholy centerpieces.