08 August, 2011

Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Al Hibbler - A Meeting Of The Times (1972)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Al Hibbler - A Meeting Of The Times (1972)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 250MB
Atlantic Masters
On first glance this LP combines together a pair of unlikely musical partners; the unique multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Duke Ellington's former ballad singer Al Hibbler. However Rahsaan was very well acquainted with Ellington's music and he plays respectfully behind Hibbler on many of the standards, taking the wild "Carney and Bigard Place" as an instrumental. Hibbler (who did not record much this late in his career) is in good voice and phrases as eccentrically as ever on such songs as "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "I Didn't Know About You." One leftover selection from Rahsaan's session with singer Leon Thomas ("Dream") rounds out this surprising set.

1. "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) – 4:38
2. "Daybreak" (Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn) – 3:12
3. "Lover, Come Back to Me" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) – 3:48
4. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Ellington, Russell) – 2:53
5. "This Love of Mine" (Sol Parker, Henry W. Sanicola, Jr., Frank Sinatra) – 4:55
6. "Carney and Bigard Place" (Roland Kirk) – 5:34
7. "I Didn't Know About You" (Ellington, Russell) – 4:01
8. "Something 'Bout Believing" (Ellington) – 6:05
9. "Dream" (Kirk) – 2:30

*Rahsaan Roland Kirk: tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, flute, clarinet, baritone saxophone
*Al Hibbler: vocals (tracks 1-5, 7 & 8)
*Hank Jones: piano (tracks 1-8)
*Ron Carter: bass (tracks 1-8)
*Grady Tate: drums (tracks 1-8)
*Leon Thomas: vocals (track 9)
*Lonnie Liston Smith: piano (track 9)
*Major Holley: bass (track 9)
*Charles Crosby: drums (track 9)


durmoll said...

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Jonathan F. King said...

When I look back on 12+ years of music downloading, and the 5,000 or so CDs I've burned with the proceeds thereof, I sometimes ask myself, "Is there any song, track, LP, or disc you really want that you haven't gotten yet?" Most of the real treasures have come my way eventually, thanks to Usenet, FTP, HTML, bit torrent, and all the other protocols that have come and (mostly) gone. This LP is one of the very few of my perosnal grails that hasn't come my way by now in digital form ... I'm so grateful to find it here! This was one of the discs that marked my maturation as a music consumer and listener, from blues-based and Beatley rock to the wider world of jazz and improvised musics. I must've purchased it circa 1972, and at this late date I can't recall what moved me to do so ... but it's a total classic in my universe, with some distinctive singing from Hibbler, and wonderful solos from Kirk. My faves on the disc are "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and (especially) "Lover Come Back to Me," but it's all great. Thanks so much...


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