Rip, Rig and Panic (album)

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Rip, Rig and Panic
Studio album by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Released December 1965
Recorded January 13, 1965
Genre Jazz
Length 35:05
Label Limelight
Rahsaan Roland Kirk chronology
I Talk with the Spirits
(1965)
Rip, Rig and Panic
(1965)
Here Comes the Whistleman
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Rip, Rig and Panic is a 1965 jazz album by saxophonist Roland Kirk. It was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio by a quartet of Kirk, Jaki Byard (piano), Richard Davis (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums); they were described as "the most awesome rhythm section he ever recorded with".[1] The set is made up primarily of original Kirk compositions.

The title of the album was explained by Kirk in the liner notes as follows: “Rip means Rip Van Winkle (or Rest in Peace?); it's the way people, even musicians are. They're asleep. Rig means like rigor mortis. That's where a lot of peoples mind are. When they hear me doing things they didn't think I could do they panic in their minds". Kirk made a lot of references to pioneers of jazz. "No Tonic Pres" is a reference to Lester Young; "From Bechet, Byas, and Fats" is a homage to Sidney Bechet, Don Byas, and Fats Waller; and "Once in a While" was inspired by Clifford Brown. Kirk also mentioned the work of Edgar Varese, the compositions Poeme electronique and Ionisation, as inspiration for the album.

The album was well received by jazz critics. Richard Cook and Brian Morton rated the Emarcy edition of the album with the second highest grade in their Penguin Guide to Jazz; Allmusic awarded the album five stars.

The LP's title later provided the name for 1980s English funk group Rip Rig + Panic (with Neneh Cherry).

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Roland Kirk except where indicated.
  1. "No Tonic Pres" – 4:34
  2. "Once in a While" (Michael Edwards, Bud Green) – 4:02
  3. "From Bechet, Byas, and Fats" – 6:31
  4. "Mystical Dream" – 2:39
  5. "Rip, Rig & Panic" – 7:00
  6. "Black Diamond" (Milt Sealey) – 5:23
  7. "Slippery, Hippery, Flippery" – 4:56
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ on January 13, 1965

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Allmusic review