RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK – LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY 1971

Rahsaan Roland Kirk & His All Star Vibration Society – Live at Fillmore East, New York City, NY – April 3, 1971

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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.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1urvzx7vzrqj7hx/Roland%20Kirk%20Fillmore%20East%20%2771.zip?dl=0

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One thought on “RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK – LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY 1971”

  1. Thanks for this. I was at one of the shows this weekend. I am not sure if it was this one. But if you get the Santana that was recorded on this night, I was at it, so I think this may be the same show. The Fillmore was the BEST place for concerts. I am on a lot of live albums from there. Derek & Dominoes, Allman Bros., Johnny Winter, Humble Pie, Grateful Dead. I am impressed that someone so much younger than me, knows the GOOD stuff! Thanks again.

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