I’ve been listening to the music of the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk a lot lately. Sometimes if I’m up late, I like to scour the YouTube and watch a few videos of his performances. I know, I know, you’re going to say, hey Eugene, you play old time clawhammer banjo, what the heck are you doing listening to jazz cats like Kirk for? Hey, I love all kinds of folk music, that’s what I say. And it’s true – this morning I practiced fiddle for quite a while, then had a socially distanced jam in the front yard playing banjo along with my Jack Antler buddy Ted’s guitar, and then tonight I’m watching jazz videos. Go figure.
I was first introduced to Kirk’s music a number of years ago by my friend Vox. Every time I hear him play, it stops me in my tracks. Sometimes Kirk has 3 saxes going at once as well as various flutes and nose flutes and whistles and who knows what else going on in the same tune. Kirk was one of those performers who was such an original and really such a master, you think, hey wait a minute, humans can’t do this.
I’m telling you all this because tonight I stumbled across a short doc about Rahsaan Roland Kirk, called Let me Tell you Abour Rahsaan Roland Kirk by a guy named Dr. Marigaux (also a musician….I’ll check out his material tomorrow). It’s about 25 minutes long and it’s a great introduction to Kirk’s music – super-informative and entertaining too. Enjoy….