Rahsaan Roland Kirk was an immensely creative artist. His sax technique covered every aspect of jazz from Dixie to free form. On "Meeting," Kirk and vocalist Al Hibbler are backed by Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Lonnie Liston Smith. This release is paired with one by Ornette Coleman, who is supported by Donald Cherry on pocket trumpet, Scott LaFaro on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums.
/Al Hibbler/Ornette Coleman.
2 LPs on 1 CD: Rahsaan Roland Kirk/Al Hibbler: A MEETING OF THE TIMES (1972)/The Ornette Coleman Quartet: ORNETTE (1961).
Includes liner notes by Joel Dorn and Gunther Schuller.
A MEETING OF THE TIMES:
Personnel: Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor & baritone saxophone, manzello, stritch, flute, clarinet); Al Hibbler, Leon Thomas (vocals); Hank Jones, Lonnie Liston Smith (piano); Ron Carter, Major Hollie (bass); Oliver Jackson, Charles Crosby (drums).
Originally release on Atlantic (1630).
Personnel: Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); Don Cherry (pocket trumpet);
Scott LaFaro (bass); Ed Blackwell (drums).
Originally released on Atlantic (1378).
Personnel: Al Hibbler, Leon Thomas (vocals); Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); Hank Jones (piano); Ed Blackwell, Oliver Jackson, Charles Crosby (drums).
Despite his well-deserved reputation as an iconoclast and a musical revolutionary, the legendary reedsman Rahsaan Roland Kirk always exhibited a deeply felt respect for the history of jazz and its antecedents, whether by covering standards and spirituals or through projects such as this brilliantly realized collaboration with '40s vocalist Al Hibbler. Though overshadowed during his brief tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Hibbler had a unique and unforgettable voice that pairs beautifully with Kirk's typically wide-ranging work on a variety of instruments, sometimes playing several reeds at once. The set's clear highlight is perhaps the definitive rendition of Ellington's classic "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me," but all nine tracks--including a slightly misplaced 1966 cut, "Dream," with vocalist Leon Thomas--are superlative. The first CD issue of this album also included the entirety of Ornette Coleman's ORNETTE, which features none of the same players.