Dave Gelly 

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Spirits Up Above – review

Roland Kirk's work had extraordinary depth and range, as this collection of classics and rarities shows, writes Dave Gelly
  
  

Kirk, who died in 1977, could play three saxophones at once, blow the flute and sing at the same time and do several other semingly impossible things. He was blind, too, and juggled all this stuff by touch alone. What came out was a kind of musical collage drawn from the whole history of jazz. He was a serious artist and woe betide anyone who suggested that his performance was some kind of freak show. This double CD pack contains some of his most impressive work, including a generous helping of his great 1968 album The Inflated Tear, along with several rarities.