Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments (2LP)

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk - tenor saxophone, flugelhorn [click here to see more vinyl featuring Roland Kirk]

Ron Burton - piano

Henry Pearson - bass

Todd Barkan - synthetizer

Joe Habao - percussions

Robert Shy - drums


2 LPs, gatefold sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Atlantic

Recorded live at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California June 8 & 9 1973 by Biff Davies, Ed Barton & Jack Crymes

Producer : Joel Dorn

Originally released in 1973

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


Tracks :

Side A 

1. Introduction
2. Pedal Up
3. You’ll Never Get To Heaven

Side B : 

1. Clackety Clack
Prelude To A Kiss
3. Talk (Electric Nose)
4. Fly Nose Blues

Side C :

1. Talk (Bright Moments)
2. Bright Moments Song
3. Dem Red Beans And Rice

Side D :

1. If I Loved You 
2. Talk (Fats Waller)
3. Jitterbug Waltz
4. Second Line J



Rahsaan Roland Kirk's live club gigs were usually engaging, freewheeling affairs, full of good humor and a fantastically wide range of music. The double album Bright Moments is a near-definitive document of the Kirk live experience, and his greatest album of the '70s. The extroverted Kirk was in his element in front of an audience, always chatting, explaining his concepts, and recounting bits of jazz history. Even if some of his long, jive-talking intros can sound a little dated today, it's clear in the outcome of the music that Kirk fed voraciously off the energy of the room. Most of the tracks are long (seven minutes or more), demonstrating Kirk's wealth of soloing ideas in a variety of styles (and, naturally, on a variety of instruments). "Pedal Up" is a jaw-dropping demonstration of Kirk's never-duplicated three-horns-at-once technique, including plenty of unaccompanied passages that simply sound impossible.

"There's more quintessential Kirk weirdness on "Fly Town Nose Blues," which heavily features an instrument called the nose flute, and the title track has a healthy dose of Kirk singing through his (traditional) flute. His repertoire is typically eclectic: Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss"; a groovy Bacharach pop tune in "You'll Never Get to Heaven"; a lovely version of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz"; and a stomping, exultant New Orleans-style original, "Dem Red Beans and Rice." Perhaps the best, however, is an impassioned rendition of the ballad standard "If I Loved You," where Kirk's viscerally raw, honking tone hints in a roundabout way at the avant-garde without ever losing its melodic foundation. Bright Moments empties all the major items out of Kirk's bag of tricks, providing a neat microcosm of his talents and displaying a consummate and knowledgeable showman. In short, it's nothing less than a tour de force." Steve Huey, AllMusic


Ratings :

Allmusic : 5 / 5

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