Roland Kirk’s ‘Left & Right’ is an album recorded on June 17 & 18 1968 and released the same year By Atlantic.
Track Listing : 1.Black Mystery Has Been Revealed (Roland Kirk) – 01:17 . 2.Expansions: Kirkquest/Kingus Mingus/Celestialness/A Dream Of Beauty Reincarnated/Frisco Vibrations/Classical Jazzical/El Kirk (Roland Kirk) – 19:37 . 3.Lady’S Blues (Roland Kirk) – 03:46 . 4.Ix Love (Charles Mingus) (Roland Kirk) – 03:40 . 5.Hot Cha (Willie Woods) (Roland Kirk) – 03:23 . 6.Quintessence (Quincy Jones) (Roland Kirk) – 04:11 . 7.I Waited For You (Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie) (Roland Kirk) – 02:54 . 8.A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn) (Roland Kirk) – 03:55
Musicians : Roland Kirk – Tenor Saxophone, Manzello, Stritch, Clarinet, Flute, Organ, Narration, Thumb Piano, Celesta . Jim Buffington – French Horn . Julius Watkins – French Horn . Frank Wess – Woodwinds . Richard Williams – Trumpet On (2) . Dick Griffith – Trombone On (2) . Benny Powell – Trombone On (2) . Daniel Jones – Basoon On (2) . Pepper Adams – Baritone Saxophone On (2) . Alice Coltrane – Harp On (2) . Ron Burton – Piano . Vernon Martin – Bass . Roy Haynes – Drums . Jimmy Hopps – Drums On (2) . Warren Smith – Percussion, Vocals . Gerald Sonny Brown – Percussion On (2) . Sanford Allen – Strings . Julien Barber – Strings . Alfred Brown – Strings . Selwart Clarke – Strings . Winston Collymore – Strings . Noel Dacosta – Strings . Richard Elias – Strings . Harold Furmansky – Strings . Leo Kruczek – Strings . Joseph Malignaggi – Strings . Charles Mccracken – Strings . George Ockner – Strings . Gene Orloff – Strings . Matthew Raimondi – Strings . Anthony Sophos – Strings
Production : Produced By Joel Dorn . Gil Fuller, Rahsaan Roland Kirk . Bruce Tergesen – Engineer
Arrangements : Gil Fuller, Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Package : Ira Gitler – Liner Notes . Lee Tanner – Cover Photo . Stanislaw Zagorski – Cover Design
Recorded On June 17 & 18 1968 At A Studio In Nyc.
Released In 1968 By Atlantic.
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The 20 minute Expansions is like a jazz history lesson wrapped up into one tight little package. Listening to it – and to this album as a whole – leaves little doubt in my mind that Kirk could do just about anything, jazz-wise. […]
Left & Right is an interesting album. It’s one of the few that features Rahsaan with strings on most every track. The titleand the iconic cover photo, certainly reference the multiple sides of Rahsaan’s musicianship, as do the two sides of the album. […]
There are subtleties, of course, which come off as merely tonal variations in extant harmony with the other instruments, but when they are juxtaposed against a portrayal of the entire history of jazz — from Jelly Roll Morton to the present day — then they become something else: the storytellers, the timbresand the chromatic extensions that point in the right direction and get listeners to stop in the right places. […]