Some of the greatest spiritual jazz of the late 60s – and 2 of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's best Atlantic
albums back to back on one CD! The Inflated Tear is a landmark album from Roland – one of his key 60s sides for Atlantic
records, and an amazing blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and freer thinking styles! Roland's playing an insane assortment of horns on the set – often at the same time, if you know his 3-way style of blowing – and instruments used for the recording include Manzello, stritch, flute, whistle, English horn, and flexatone – in addition to standard tenor and clarinet. Other players in the group include Ron Burton on piano, Steve Novosel on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums – and the album's got some incredible original compositions that include "Many Blessings", "Handful Of Fives", "Lovellevellioqui", "Laugh for Rory", "Black and Crazy Blues", and "The Inflated Tear". Natural Black Inventions is even more amazing – a session that features solo work by Kirk – incredible soundscapes of tone, color, soul, and energy – all recorded without the use of overdubs or studio tricks, but in a style that will have you stopping the record, and saying "how the heck does he do that?" As was well known at the time, Kirk could blow more than one saxophone at the same time – which he does on the session – unaided by bass, piano, or drums – working the saxophones at the same time with a sound that must be heard to be believed! The record has these fantastic throbbing pulsating reed lines, with one horn blowing rhythm, and one playing an adventurous solo – and both being blown live a the same time! Tracks include "Black Root", "Raped Voices", "Day Dream", and "Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said".