A Meeting of the Times

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A Meeting of the Times
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Studio album by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Released 1972
Recorded March 14, 1965; March 30 & 31, 1972
Genre Jazz
Length 37:36
Label Atlantic
Rahsaan Roland Kirk chronology
A Meeting of the Times
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Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A Meeting of the Times is an album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk and vocalist Al Hibbler recorded in March 1972 in New York City. It features performances by Kirk and Hibbler with Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Grady Tate with an additional track recorded by Kirk with Leon Thomas, Lonnie Liston Smith, Major Holley and Charles Crosby from the sessions that produced Here Comes the Whistleman (1965).[2]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states, "On first glance this LP combines together a pair of unlikely musical partners; the unique multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Duke Ellington's former ballad singer Al Hibbler. However Rahsaan was very well acquainted with Ellington's music and he plays respectfully behind Hibbler on many of the standards, taking the wild 'Carney and Bigard Place' as an instrumental. Hibbler (who did not record much this late in his career) is in good voice and phrases as eccentrically as ever".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz gives the album a four star rating (of a possible four) plus a special "Crown" accolade.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) – 4:38
  2. "Daybreak" (Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn) – 3:12
  3. "Lover, Come Back to Me" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) – 3:48
  4. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Ellington, Russell) – 2:53
  5. "This Love of Mine" (Sol Parker, Henry W. Sanicola, Jr., Frank Sinatra) – 4:55
  6. "Carney and Bigard Place" (Roland Kirk) – 5:34
  7. "I Didn't Know About You" (Ellington, Russell) – 4:01
  8. "Something 'Bout Believing" (Ellington) – 6:05
  9. "Dream" (Kirk) – 2:30
    • Recorded at Atlantic Studios, NY on March 14 (track 9), March 30 (tracks 2-4 & 8) & March 31 (tracks 1 & 5-7), 1965



  1. ^ A Meeting of the Times at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rahsaan Roland Kirk discography accessed 20 August 2009
  3. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed 20 August 2009
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 829. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.