Friday, January 29, 2010

an introduction to rahsaan roland kirk


...or at least this clip was my introduction, thanks to Dad's recording of several episodes of Night Music/Sunday Night twenty years ago. I was impressed by someone who played multiple instruments at once while emitting minimal novelty act vibes(even if the concept of a nose flute sounded mildly disgusting).

Though it only aired for two years and Dad only recorded half-a-dozen or so episodes, the series served as a ear-opener for my developing musical tastes (Sun Ra looks weird, sounds great!). The Kirk primer was one of the vintage clips or artist appreciations that were mixed in among live performances—other archival delights ranged from early sound footage of Louis Armstrong to the Yardbirds in concert.


Bonus video: Each episode ended with several guests jamming, which resulted in odd pairings like Conway Twitty and the Residents.

No comments: