Roland Kirk – I Talk With The Spirits


On 1964′s flute showcase I Talk With The Spirits, (Rahsaan) Roland Kirk plays no reeds at all and, by necessity, only plays one flute at a time. However, unlike the majority of hopelessly twee jazz flautists, Kirk’s creativity is boundless. Playing with a grace and clarity comparable to Herbie Mann, singing and moaning into the instrument or using the noise of the flute’s keys as percussion, Kirk stands the conventions of the jazz flute record on their head.

I Talk With The Spirits is quintessential Kirk, rarely just-pretty (though the melody of “Serenade To A Cuckoo” is possibly the loveliest of his career) and at times quite corrosive. As he wrote in the original album’s liner notes, “I don’t think it sounds at all like the flute album you expect to hear.” This Verve reissue is flawless, with beautifully remastered sound that adds previously unheard depth and spaciousness to the sound of Kirk’s quartet.


01. Serenade To a Cuckoo
02. 02. We’ll Be Together Again – People (from “Funny Face”)
03. A Quote From Clifford Brown
04. Trees
05. Fugue’n and Alludin’
06. The Business Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues
07. I Talk With The Spirits
08. Ruined Castles
09. Django
10. My Ship (from “Lady In The Dark”)

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