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Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Primary Instrument: Reeds

Born: August 7, 1936 | Died: December 5, 1977    

Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk in Columbus, Ohio, but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make Roland. In 1970, Kirk added “Rahsaan” to his name.

Preferring to lead his own groups, Kirk rarely performed as a sideman, though he did record with arranger Quincy Jones, Roy Haynes and had especially notable stints with Charles Mingus. He played the lead flute and solo on Jones' Soul Bossa Nova, a song popularized in the Austin Powers films (Jones 1964; McLeod et al. 1997).

His playing was generally rooted in soul jazz or hard bop, but Kirk's knowledge of jazz history allowed him to draw on many elements of the music's history, from ragtime to swing and free jazz. Kirk also regularly explored classical and pop music....
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    Roland Kirk: Four Classic Albums

    Avid Records UK
    2014
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    Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Spirits Up Above - The Atlantic Years 1965-1976

    Warner Jazz
    2012
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    Kirk's Work

    Prestige Records
    2007
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    Brotherman in the Fatherland

    Hyena Records
    2006
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    Brotherman to the Fatherland

    Hyena Records
    2006
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    Compliments of the Mysterious Phantom

    Hyena Records
    2003
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Brotherman In The Fatherland

Hyena Records (2006)
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