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This is incredible -- even just for the circular breathing alone! I'm a huge Kirk fan but never got to see him live, so these clips are precious to me.

Is that the special tenor King made for him? It appears to have a way non-standard left-hand pinky array. . . .

Great: thanks!
 

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keys

Yep, Kirk had extra keys mounted on both his King tenor and his other saxes so that he could play more notes with one hand when he was playing in his two or three horn mode. Interesting to see the key configurations in the closeups.

- Steve
 

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I had read about this but never saw a closeup.

Anyone know what happened to his axes? Who has Kirk's horns?
 

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His estate has the horns; to my knowledge (Bob Drinkwater in Stoneham, MA may know exactly). Great footage. Thank you.
 

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Has anyone gone and taken extensive photos of that tenor from all angles? It would be cool to see.
 

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk played in Melbourne around this time and he absolutely knocked me out. He played all his usual horns PLUS didgeridoo and funky New Orleans style clarinet.

I think he cut the performance short because of two audience-related incidents that annoyed him. Firstly, someone yelled out a request for Perdido and when he politely declined the guy yelled again. Kirk did eight bars of aggessive scatting of the Perdido melody and then angrily went on with some other piece.

But the second incident was just plain unfortunate. Before each tune he used to load himself up with all the instruments he needed. It was a very visual thing and the audience followed his every move. Well he had about 5 horns hanging off him including a flute in the bell of his tenor. During the piano intro he stopped the band and swapped the flute for a clarinet. Well, there was a general chuckle from the audience at this "sight" gag. He asked us what we were laughing at and got angy and offended. I think that was the last tune he played that night. No one meant any offence, it did look a bit funny in the context. But that was that.
 

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I remember this when it first aired. It blew me away then as it does now. I don't have any Rahsaan recordings. Any suggestions on some of the top picks?
 

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I saw him in Montreal about this time period. Still get chills thinking about it. At one point the drummer picked up a small drum on a strap ,got off the stage the stage and Kirk followed him out the door with the rest of the band following him out onto the street while playing 'When The Saints Go Marching In". The whole audience walked out with him ( to the consternation of the club owner).Love that man!!!
 
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