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Recorded when the composer was incapacitated by a 1975 stroke and released just before another stroke ended his life, Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real is the portrait of a larger-than-life music man facing his own mortality. Where many musicians would have felt a license to wallow in the cruelty of life, Kirk instead embraced his playful side, though there's no disguising the deep sadness beneath the joy. The title song pairs an old gutbucket blues motif with an orchestral arrangement, consummating the marriage of high culture and low culture that Kirk had aimed to affirm throughout his career. Other performances likewise reference the roots of Kirk’s music, including Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone” and the New Orleans standard “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor,” which features Kirk’s earthy singing. Two of the most moving performances are “I Loves You Porgy” and “Summertime.” Skeletal and haunting, they function not as songs but as memories of songs. These are the sounds of a man resolving himself to life’s finish.

Biography

Born: 07 August 1935 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Arguably the most exciting saxophone soloist in jazz history, Kirk was a post-modernist before that term even existed. Kirk played the continuum of jazz tradition as an instrument unto itself; he felt little compunction about mixing and matching elements from the music's history, and his concoctions usually seemed natural, if not inevitable. When discussing Kirk, a great deal of attention is always paid to his eccentricities — playing several horns at once, making his own instruments, clowning...
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Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real, Rahsaan Roland Kirk
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop, Classical, Avant-Garde
  • Released: 1977

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