July 26, 2020 – 5:48 am

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New York 1974 [Goody Speed/Pitch-adjusted Remaster, 2CD]

Live at the Village Vanguard, New York, NY; April 4, 1974 (Early and Late Shows). Very good audience recording.
In 1975, American jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk suffered a major stroke which led to partial paralysis of one side of his body. He continued to perform and record, modifying his instruments to enable him to play with one arm. At a live performance at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London he even managed to play two instruments, and carried on to tour internationally and to appear on television. Kirk died from a second stroke in 1977 after performing in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana University Student Union in Bloomington, Indiana. He was 42. - wikipedia

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Thanks to (Yer PervFesser) goody for sharing the show at Dime.

goody noted:

Here’s a major upgrade to one of the many evenings by Rahsaan Roland Kirk at the Vanguard that previously circulated in an extremely fast/sharp presentation and hasn’t been up here for quite some time. First, it needed a bit of clean up which our good friend u014945 initiated before sending me his updated files for pitch correction. While working on figuring out the pitch correction over the course of the last couple of years I took a long break before starting over on it recently which paid off in a much better result that I’d have been able to deliver had I not waited. It ran extremely fast/sharp, but wasn’t unsalvageable in the least and sounds great now, imho.

It’s a great audience recording; you feel like you’re planted in a front row seat, thanks to whomever captured it for all time.

Our art department ethiessen1 contributed some very fine work once again to cap off the project - let’s always include him in our thanks!…

Always an honor and a pleasure to help restore these valuable historical archives. This is truly some uplifting consciousness-raising music of the highest order and these times could sure use a Rahsaan Roland Kirk, as he calls himself - “One of the miracles of the saxophone”, to help lead the way.

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Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

Unknown gen audience recording
u014945 additional lineage: Dime > Audacity (retracking; cleaning) > tlh [sbe - Flac 8]
Goody’s additional lineage:
dBpoweramp (WAV) > Audition (Pitch Bender - Various amounts to correct very fast/sharp speed/pitch; Tracking updated; Auto align and center channels; Amplify) > Capstan > TLH (FLAC Level 8; Align sector boundaries, .ffp) > foobar2000 (tags)

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Disc 1 (Early Show)
Track 101. Hackensack 13:30
Track 102. A Love Supreme 11:20
Track 103. Blow The Man Down 11:04
Track 104. Multi-Horn Variation/If I Loved You 9:41
Track 105. Intro 0:54
Track 106. Bright Moments 7:52
Track 107. Fly Town Nose Blues 6:29
Track 108. Satin Doll 1:41
63 mins

Disc 2 (Late show)
Track 201. Untitled 8:46
Track 202. Blues 11:05
Track 203. Clickety Clack 5:40
Track 204. Sophisticated Lady 4:37
Track 205. C Jam Blues/Rockin’ In Rhythm 9:49
Track 206. Fly Town Nose Blues 7:21
Track 207. Satin Doll 1:25
Track 208. Miles’ Mode/RRK Outro/Vanguard Ambiance 2:03
51 mins

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - reeds, flutes, percussion, vocals
Kenny Rogers - bari sax
Hilton Ruiz - piano
Henry Matathias Pearson - bass
John Goldsmith - drums

Click here to order Rahsaan Roland Kirk releases.


  2. Dude looks like me with 4 dics in my mouth

    By Derrick on Jul 26, 2020

  3. Last one not mine . I could never fit more than two cocs in my mouth at the same time

    By Derrick on Jul 26, 2020

  4. Rumor has it that I can’t stop thinking about this man’s penis.

    By U L E on Jul 26, 2020

  5. I saw him at CCNY in NYC in the mid-70’s and he was mind-blowing. I didn’t understand the music, but I knew I was in the presence of greatness, so I stayed. Best move ever! Thanks for the show…

    By Mike on Jul 27, 2020

  6. thanks, big-o!

    By I-) on Aug 3, 2020

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