Hyena is the newest outlet for long-time Rahsaan Roland Kirk producer Joel Dorn’s archive of live recordings by the great multi-instrumentalist. While The Man Who Cried Fire is still occasionally sighted in its original incarnation on Dorn’s Night imprint, it nevertheless merits another round of kudos for capturing Kirk’s infectious spirit. The undated tracks sported a well-sequenced mix of Kirk classics like “The Black and Crazy Blues,” three-horn tour de forces and such seldom-heard facets of his music as a slow clarinet blues. Additionally, Kirk was vigorously supported by a shifting complement of musicians linchpinned by pianist Hilton Ruiz, and benefited by a few walk-ons, particularly trombonist Steve Turre’s on the pungent “A Visit From the Blues.”
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