Left & Right (album)

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Left & Right
Left & Right (album).jpg
Studio album by Roland Kirk
Released 1968
Recorded June 17 & 18 1968
Genre Jazz
Label Atlantic
Producer Joel Dorn
Roland Kirk chronology
The Inflated Tear
(1967)The Inflated Tear1967
Left & Right
Volunteered Slavery
(1968)Volunteered Slavery1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Left & Right is an album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk. It was originally released on the Atlantic label in 1968 and features performances by Kirk with Jim Buffington, Julius Watkins, Frank Wess, Ron Burton, Vernon Martin and Roy Haynes with Warren Smith, Richard Williams, Dick Griffith, Benny Powell, Daniel Jones, Pepper Adams, Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Hopps and Gerald "Sonny" Brown featuring on an extended track and arrangements by Gil Fuller.[2] The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "The title of this album, Left and Right, no doubt refers to the sides of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's brain, which were both heavily taxed in the composing, arranging, conducting, and playing of this recording... This is an extreme for Rahsaan — extremely brilliant and thoroughly accessible".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Roland Kirk except as indicated.
  1. "Black Mystery Has Been Revealed" - 1:17
  2. "Expansions: Kirkquest/Kingus Mingus/Celestialness/A Dream of Beauty Reincarnated/Frisco Vibrations/Classical Jazzical/El Kirk" - 19:37
  3. "Lady's Blues" - 3:46
  4. "IX Love" (Charles Mingus) - 3:40
  5. "Hot Cha" (Willie Woods) - 3:23
  6. "Quintessence" (Quincy Jones) - 4:11
  7. "I Waited for You" (Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie) - 2:54
  8. "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing" (Billy Strayhorn) - 3:55
  • Recorded in NYC on June 17 & 18, 1968



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Rahsaan Roland Kirk discography accessed 12 August 2009
  3. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed 12 August 2009.