Occasionally a musician comes along who must come from some other place, somewhere else, another planet perhaps. As Sun Ra wrote, there are worlds they have not told you of… One of those musicians was Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He came from a very special planet, located far far away. Kirk gave a whole new meaning to the idea of a one-man band, sometimes playing several instruments, including some kind of nose flute, at once. The planet he was born on is called Columbus Ohio. He was born Ronald Kirk but Wikipedia tells me that he was compelled by a dream to transpose letters and make it Roland. After another dream in 1970, he added Rahsaan to his name. Why not. Kirk was born in 1935 and died in 1977 after a second stroke.
Tonight’s Daily Dose features the amazing Rahsaan Roland Kirk….