If you’ve never heard Roland Kirk, be prepared to be amazed. Kirk, who lost his sight at age 2, studied and eventually mastered over 40 instruments at the Ohio School For The Blind. Playing multiple instruments, which became part of Kirk’s signature sound, required mastering a circular breathing technique. Using this technique, Kirk was not only able to sustain a single note as long as he pleased, but he could solo at high speeds for virtually unlimited lengths of time. Kirk was also an influential flute player, developing new techniques such as singing or humming at the same time or playing the nose flute and a standard model simultaneously.
This set (performed as a lead in for the evening’s headline, Santana) finds Kirk and his Vibration Society in absolute fierce form, storming through soul-stirring renditions of The Temptation’s ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)’, Stevie Wonder’s ‘My Cherie Amour’ as well as original compositions from his own early ’70s studio work.
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