Kirk's Work

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Kirk's Work
Studio album by Roland Kirk
Released 1961
Recorded Van Gelder Studio, July 11, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 33:02
Label Prestige
Producer Esmond Edwards (supervision)
Roland Kirk chronology
Introducing Roland Kirk
(1960)
Kirk's Work
(1961)
We Free Kings
(1961)

Kirk's Work (also reissued as Funk Underneath) is an album by Roland Kirk with Jack McDuff. Prestige Records released the album in 1961, with Original Jazz Classics[1] and Concord Music Group issuing subsequent re-releases.

Rudy Van Gelder engineered the recording on July 11, 1961 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Esmond Edwards supervised the session. Van Gelder remastered the recording for the Concord 2007 re-release.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings 3/3 stars(1/1 star)[1]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings describes Kirk's Work as "a largely forgotten Kirk album, but one which generally deserves the classic reissue billing."[1] Ron Wynn has described the album as "a fine reissue of Kirk in a soul-jazz and mainstream vein."[2] Allmusic notes a "swinging R&B vibe pervasive throughout the album," judging that "while certainly not the best in his catalog, it is a touchstone album that captures the early soulful Rahsaan Roland Kirk."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Roland Kirk, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Three for Dizzy"     5:11
2. "Makin' Whoopee"   DonaldsonKahn 5:07
3. "Funk Underneath"     6:15
4. "Kirk's Work"     3:54
5. "Doin' the Sixty-Eight"     4:20
6. "Too Late Now"   LernerLane 3:52
7. "Skater's Waltz"   Charles Emile Waldteufel (arr. Kirk) 4:23

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 827. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 
  2. ^ Wynn, Ron (1994), Ron Wynn, ed., All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. 404, ISBN 0-87930-308-5 
  3. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Kirk's Work at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2011.