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Rahsaan Roland Kirk, what jazz is all about

So much is to be said about Rahsaan Roland Kirk, his immensely creativity, his unique techniques, his ability as a multi-instrumentalist, his amassing solo improvisations, and his ability to perform within a wide range of Jazz styles. I urge everyone interested in his talents to search more, there is so much more to Kirk, than what I can cover here.

Roland Kirk with McCoy Tyner and Stanley Clarke

Kirk was able to play several instruments it the same time, and developed a breathing technique making him able to play notes for a long period of time without pause.
Kirk played a wide range of saxophones often modified, clarinets, flutes, harmonica, English horn, recorders and trumpets. He additionally used many non-musical devices and tape-manipulated electronics sounds, long before they became common practice.

Serenade To A Cuckoo (covered by Jethro Tull, on This Was 1968)

The extravaganza of his stage appearance, although extremely talented may have come in the way of his recognition as a true master of Jazz, due to it being too spectacular for the serious jazz critics and audience at the time, but I don’t mind his inventive approach to music, or his political idea’s, I think he sounds just great and that all that matters to me.
Mingus said “This man is what jazz is all about”, Kirk died in 1977 after a stroke, 42 years old.

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Peyroux, Spalding, Hiromi Corea & Clarke

Today I will listen to some present female Jazz singers and preformers.
First Madeleine Peyroux, with her own song “Instead” from her album Bare Bones (2009). The song have a nice retro feeling, according to Peyroux, it is a reminder of how we should enjoy life and the things we have.

Madeleine Peyroux is an American Jazz/blues singer/songwriter, notable for her retro stripped down style. A one of a kind singer/songwriter filling the shoes of Joni Michell, with a very special voice, often compared to Billie Holiday. She moved to Paris at age 13 and began singing in the Latin Quarter, at age 15.
Her albums often contain cover songs mixed with her own compositions.

Now Esperanza Spalding, preforming “Radio Song” from her 2012 album, Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer. Her father is African American and her mother is of Welsh, Native American, and Hispanic descent.Mostly know to play Jazz, but also playing some blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles. In 2011, Esperanza received one of the music industry’s most prestigious prizes, the Grammy for Best New Artist.

Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ) is a composer and pianist born in Hamamatsu, Japan. Known for her superior keyboard technique, by age 12, she was performing in public, sometimes with very high-profile orchestras. When she was 14, she went to Czechoslovakia and played with the Czech Philharmonic. Age 17 she performed an improvised session with Chick Corea, when asked to join him onstage in Tokyo.

Chick Corea & Hiromi Uehara – Summertime


Regarding her style and what inspires Hiromi, she says : “I don’t want to put a name on my music, It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t want to give it a name.” and “Some people dig jazz, some people dig classical music, some people dig rock. Everyone is so concerned about who they like. They always say, ‘This guy is the best,’ ‘No, this guy is the best.’ But I think everyone is great”….. “I love Bach, I love Oscar Peterson, , I love Franz Liszt, I love Ahmad Jamal, I also love people like Sly and the Family Stone, Dream Theatre and King Crimson.”
Last but not least, Hiromi with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke.