I love an original.
Here are just 3 of the reasons why I love American jazz multi-instrumentalist RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK:
- He played tenor sax, flute & instruments of his own invention - ALL AT ONCE.
- He renamed himself Rahsaan after hearing the name in a dream.
- He was born with sight, but went blind at age two as a result of poor medical treatment. Despite this hardship, he became an inventive, open-minded, uniquely creative artist with a positive spirit.
"The Inflated Tear" was the first RRK song I ever heard and it blew me away. It made such a huge impression on me that I can still picture exactly where I was when I first heard it.
Here he is performing it live in Prague in 1967.