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Studio album by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Released 1977
Recorded July 18, 1975-1976
Genre Jazz
Label Warner Bros.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk chronology
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(1977)Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Kirkatron is an album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk featuring performances by Kirk recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1975 and studio sessions from 1975 and 1976.[2]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "Shortly after Rahsaan Roland Kirk finished his first album for Warner Brothers, he suffered a major stroke that put him out of action and greatly shortened his life. His second LP for the label was actually composed of leftovers from the earlier session plus three songs taken from an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival... This LP (which finds him mostly sticking to tenor), Kirk's next-to-last album, has enough highlights to make it worth searching for".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Rahsaan Roland Kirk except as indicated
  1. "Serenade to a Cuckoo" – 3.40
  2. "This Masquerade" (Leon Russell) – 5.31
  3. "Sugar" (Stanley Turrentine, Kirk) – 3.27
  4. "Los Angeles Negro Chorus" – 0.26
  5. "Steppin' into Beauty" – 6.42
  6. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Torme, Robert Wells) – 3.34
  7. "Bagpipe Medley" – 2.38
  8. "Mary McLeod Bethune" – 0.24
  9. "Bright Moments" (Kirk, Todd Barkan) – 4.14
  10. "Lyriconon" – 4.10
  11. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 4.59
  12. "J. Griff's Blues" (trad., arr. Kirk) – 7.41
  • Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on 18 July 1975 (tracks 1, 7 & 12) and Regent Sound Studios, New York City, 1975 & 1976



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Rahsaan Roland Kirk discography accessed 21 August 2009
  3. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed 21 August 2009.