Roland Kirk’s ‘The Inflated Tear’

Roland Kirk’s ‘The Inflated Tear’ is an album rRecorded between November 27 and 30, 1967 and released on June 14, 1968 by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.The Black And Crazy Blues (Roland Kirk) – 06:07 . 2.A Laugh For Rory (Roland Kirk) – 02:54 . 3.Many Blessings (Roland Kirk) – 04:45 . 4.Fingers In The Wind (Roland Kirk) – 04:18 . 5.The Inflated Tear (Roland Kirk) – 04:58 . 6.The Creole Love Call (Duke Ellington)- 03:53 . 7.A Handful Of Fives (Roland Kirk) – 02:42 . 8.Fly By Night (Roland Kirk) – 04:19 . 9.Lovellevelliloqui (Roland Kirk) – 04:17

Musicians : Roland Kirk – Tenor Saxophone, Manzello, Stritch, Clarinet, Flute, Whistle, Cor Anglais, Flexafone . Ron Burton – Piano . Steve Novosel – Bass . Jimmy Hopps – Drums . Dick Griffith – Trombone

Production : Produced By Joel Dorn . Paul Goodman – Engineer

Package : Curtice Taylor – Hand Coloring . Carl Bailey – Liner Notes . Bob Defrin – Art Direction, Design . David Gahr – Photography

Recorded November 27–30, 1967.

Released On June 14, 1968 By Atlantic.

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Killer Strayhorn
I KNOW YOU HAVE CRIED THE INFLATED TEAR, BEAUTIFUL RAHSAANHis producer Joel Dorn, was a bit of a strange chap that Kirk trusted with the main body of his work for some reason. Its hard to say if Dorn knew much about recording a jazz record. Some observers have described him as a “Barnum and Bailey” type promoter, who just wanted to be doing hip and counter culture antics. […]

The Rumpus
The Inflated Tear” sounded like the entire spectrum of the history of African-American music rolled into one four-minute song: old slavery spirituals, work songs, field hollers, soul, modern jazzand early blues. It was like a Duke Ellington reed section, yet more emotional, more intimate, with a sound that ached of centuries. It was like listening to the inside of someone’s heart. […]

The debut recording by Roland Kirk (this was still pre-Rahsaan) on Atlantic Records, the same label that gave us Blacknuss and Volunteered Slavery, is not the blowing fest one might expect upon hearing it for the first time. […]


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