One of the last great outputs from jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk, which was originally released by Warner Bros. in 1975. This wonderful performance features fanstastic versions of "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Giant Steps" and "There Will Never Be Another You."
Personnel: Rahsaan Roland Kirk (flute, harmonica, tenor saxophone, background vocals); Rahsaan Roland Kirk (stritch); Adrienne Albert, Arthur Williams , Randy Peyton Quartet, Francine Caroll, Maretha Stewart, Milt Grayson, Hilda Harris, Betty Neals (vocals); Romeo Penque (oboe, baritone saxophone); Hilton Ruiz (piano, celesta); Milt Hinton, Mattathias Pearson, Buster Williams (double bass); Bill Carney, Jerry Griffin (drums); Fred Moore (washboard); Habao Texidor (percussion, background vocals); Warren Smith , Warren Smith , Habao Texidor (percussion); William Butler (guitar); Howard Johnson (tuba, background vocals); Hank Jones (piano); Trudy Pitts (organ); Arthur Jenkins (keyboards); Charlie Persip (drums).
Audio Remixer: Robert "Lip" Liftin.
Liner Note Author: Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Recording information: 1975-1976.
Photographer: David Gahr.
Arrangers: Rahsaan Roland Kirk; Frank Foster.
The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man was Rahsaan Roland Kirk's first album for Warner Brothers, recorded before the stroke that impaired him. Kirk is at full creative and musical strength. These seven tracks are an utter astonishment. Kirk's playing of saxophones, harmonica, flutes, and euphonium is deep, soulful, and even profound in places. "Theme for the Eulipions" (which opens the album), "Giant Steps," and "There Will Never Be Another You" features an all-star band that includes Charlie Persip, a young Hilton Ruiz, bassist Buster Williams, Romeo Perique on baritone saxophone, and Howard Johnson on tuba. The version of "Sweet Georgia Brown," with its wacky percussion and whistling, is so utterly joyful and funky it's perhaps the definitive jazz version of the tune. But it's the readings of Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" and Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" that take the album to an entirely new place. They are, though very different from one another, so utterly moving and aesthetically beautiful, they elevate music to the level of poetry. This is one that's utterly necessary for fans, and a very fitting intro for the novice. ~ Thom Jurek