Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Roland Kirk - I Talk With the Spirits

Multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk leaves the stritch, manzello and other exotic instruments at home for this all-flute outing from his pre-"Rahsaan" days. Consisting mostly of originals, with a couple of show tunes and a swinging take on John Lewis' "Django" thrown in, I Talk to the Spirits provides the best sampling of Kirk's unique flute style. He hums along with himself as he plays, inserts pieces of lyrics when the mood hits, finds overtones and multi-part harmonies as he blows madly through the upper register and sails sweetly through the lower. Included here is the original version of "Serenade to a Cuckoo," a song later taken to rock audiences with its inclusion on the first Jethro Tull album. (In fact, for the Tull fan who wants to hear where Ian Anderson borrowed his style, I Talk to the Spirits is the place to go.) The playing on this outing is uniformly excellent, with Kirk ranging from his trademark up-tempo overblowing on "A Quote from Clifford Brown" to bluesy growling on "The Business Ain't Nothing But the Blues" to placid beauty on the ballad "Trees." He guides Kurt Weill's "My Ship" on a five-minute voyage through calm seas and turbulent double-timed storms. Kirk's sense of whimsy and musical fun is evident throughout. - by Jim Newsom, AMG

Artist: Roland Kirk
Album: I Talk With the Spirits
Year: 1964 (Limelight)
Label: Verve (Master Edition, 20-bit dig. transfer, 1998)
Runtime: 40:55

1.  Serenade to a Cuckoo (Roland Kirk) 4:33
2.  We'll Be Together Again/People (from 'Funny Face') (Carl Fisher/Frankie Laine /Bob Merrill/Jule Styne) 4:40
3.  A Quote From Clifford Brown (Roland Kirk) 4:24
4.  Trees (Roland Kirk) 6:21
5.  Fugue'n and Alludin' (Roland Kirk) 0:44
6.  The Business Ain't Nothin' but the Blues (Roland Kirk) 5:03
7.  I Talk With The Spirits (Roland Kirk) 3:56
8.  Ruined Castles (Roland Kirk) 1:20
9.  Django (John Aaron Lewis) 4:50
10.  My Ship (from 'Lady in the Dark') (Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin) 5:00

Roland Kirk (Flute, Alto Flute and African Wood Flute)
Horace Parlan (Piano and Celeste) - 1-4,6,7,9,10
Michael Fleming (Double Bass) - 1-4,6,7,9,10
Walter Perkins (Drums and Percussion) - 1-4,6,7,9,10
Crystal-Joy Albert (Vocals) - 1,7
Bobby Moses (Vibraphone) - 5,7


  1. Thank you very much. This man not only talks with the spirits, he plays with spirit. Rahsaan Roland Kirk is one of those people (along with Mingus) whose music I think is most essential to my enjoyment and understanding of life. He plays with such skill and joy that I find my jaw dropping all the time. Thanks for providing a rip that is perfect, with comprehensive scans/artwork! (By the way, this set seems to be missing a log file, which you usually provide along with the cue file).

  2. thank you Rashaan is awesome. there is a password for un-zipping. can u please post it?

  3. Hi again. regarding the password I couldn't find anything but a list of blog's u follow.
    My name is nick, can u email it to me : Thx



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