Kirk's Work

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Kirk's Work
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Studio album by Roland Kirk
Released 1961
Recorded July 11, 1961
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 33:02
Label Prestige
Producer Esmond Edwards (supervision)
Roland Kirk chronology
Introducing Roland Kirk
(1960)Introducing Roland Kirk1960
Kirk's Work
We Free Kings
(1961)We Free Kings1961

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
Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/3 stars(1/1 star)[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

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."[3] 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."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Roland Kirk, except where noted.

1."Three for Dizzy" 5:11
2."Makin' Whoopee"DonaldsonKahn5:07
3."Funk Underneath" 6:15
4."Kirk's Work" 3:54
5."Doin' the Sixty-Eight" 4:20
6."Too Late Now"LernerLane3:52
7."Skater's Waltz"Charles Emile Waldteufel (arr. Kirk)4:23



  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. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 119. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Kirk's Work at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2011.