Roland Kirk - Third Dimension (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Roland Kirk - Third Dimension (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Roland Kirk - Third Dimension (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Roland Kirk - Third Dimension (Mono) - AudioSoundMusic

Roland Kirk - Third Dimension (Mono)

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Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Roland Kirk]

James Madison (piano)

Carl Pruitt (bass)

Henry Duncan (drums)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape: YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press: Pallas

Label: Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Bethlelem

Recorded November 9th 1956

Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in December 2013


Tracks :

Side A :

1. Roland's Theme
2. Slow Groove
3. Stormy Weather

Side B :

1. The Nearness of You
2. A La Carte
3. Easy Living
4. Triple Threat 


Reviews :

« When the pre-Rahsaan Roland Kirk stormed the jazz scene in the mid-'50s, certainly nobody was ready for his virtuosity, as he demonstrated ability, not gimmickry, to play the tenor sax, manzello, and stritch simultaneously. Third Dimension is his introductory foray into this arena, as he presents a program of half standards and half his basic bluesy originals taken into this upper realm of multiphonic capacity. Of the covers, the ballad "Stormy Weather" has Kirk playing counter-melodies rather than harmonics on his horns, and it is remarkable. "The Nearness of You" is a bit distant in its production values with Kirk using tentative or staggered phrasings, and "Easy Living" has the lead played on the manzello, with the multiple horns only on the final phrase of the melody. The originals are pretty simple, with a repeat swing groove setting off the jam "Ronald's Tune" and Kirk working the controlled, non-exploited harmonics of the three woodwinds on "Slow Groove"; using a happy shuffle R&B feeling on mostly tenor for "A La Carte"; and finishing up with the now famous 12-bar blues bopper "Triple Threat," which was his signature dish. The liner notes of this recording have always been irritating bordering on condescending, implying that the tenor sax was always a more popular instrument and misidentifying the manzello and stritch as a "straight alto" and "straight soprano" when they were actually distinct instruments, exclusively played by Kirk. No matter -- this is a marvelous introduction to the greatest soloist in the history of jazz and, despite its very short running time (under 30 minutes), is a true pivot point in modern music. » AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos

"This Pure Pleasure reissue of a Bethlehem title has yet another distinction, because it’s a Bethlehem reissue of his first and extremely rare session on King Records. Kirk is the best-known multi-instrumentalist in jazz, meaning someone who plays several instruments at the same time. When Kirk removed the handful of instruments from his mouth he would toss in a rap-like commentary. He performed extensively and almost exclusively as a bandleader and did it all as a blind man." Hi-Fi news Jan 2015, Dennis Davis


Ratings :

AllMusic:  4 / 5   , Discogs : 4.43 / 5  

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