Roland Kirk’s ‘Volunteered Slavery’

Roland Kirk’s ‘Volunteered Slavery’ is an album recorded on July 7, 1968 at Newport Jazz Festival, and on July 22 & 23, 1969 in studio and released in 1969 by Atlantic.

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Track listing : 1.Volunteered Slavery (Roland Kirk) – 05:43 . 2.Spirits Up Above (Roland Kirk) – 03:37 . 3.My Cherie Amour (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) – 03:20 . 4.Search for the Reason Why (Roland Kirk) – 02:07 . 5.I Say a Little Prayer (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 07:59 . 6.Roland’s Opening Remarks (Roland Kirk) – 0:41 . 7.One Ton (Roland Kirk) – 05:02 . 8.Ovation and Roland’s Remarks (Roland Kirk) – 01:42 . 9.A Tribute to John Coltrane: Lush Life/Afro-Blue/Bessie’s Blues (Billy Strayhorn/Mongo Santamaría/John Coltrane) (Roland Kirk) – 08:14 . 10.Three for the Festival (Roland Kirk) – 04:23 .

Musicians : Roland Kirk – tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, nose flute, whistle, voice, Stylophone . Charles McGhee – trumpet on (1 – 5) . Dick Griffith – trombone on (1 – 5) . Ron Burton – piano . Vernon Martin – bass . Charles Crosby – drums on (1) . Sonny Brown – drums on (2 – 5) . Jimmy Hopps – drums on (6 – 10) . Joe Habad Texidor – tambourine . The Roland Kirk Spirit Choir – Vocals (Background) on (1 – 5) .

Production Produced by Joel Dorn . William Arlt – Remixing . Riece Hamel – Engineer . Bob Liftin – Engineer .

Packaging : Haig Adishian – Cover Design . Ray Ross – Cover Photo, Photography . Raymond Ross – Photography . Eddie Williams – Liner Notes .

Recorded July 7, 1968 at 1968 Newport Jazz Festival, July 22 & 23 1969 in studio.

Released in 1969 by Atlantic.

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LondonJazzCollector
A strong individualist who defies categorisation, Kirk seems to me that very American tradition that loves to combine technical artistry with flagrant showmanship. […]

Birdhouse
This release represents an odd concatenation of styles, but proves that Kirk could deliver the goods whether playing the role of showman (a epithet with which he was often criticized), notto-be-messed-with musician, preacher, or cultural spokesman. […]

RateYourMusic
And also on the title cut, a masterpiece and grand statement of Kirk’s purposeand also on his easy listening take on “My Cherie Amour” that slowly goes off the rails, destroying whatever elevator-y thoughts might have entered your mind at the beginning. […]

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