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Monday, April 25, 2005

TJ Kirk Source Material

One of my favorite records turns ten years old some time this year. TJ Kirk was an occasional side project featuring 8-string guitar magician Charlie Hunter. In 1995 they had all the elements necessary to whip my ears into a happy froth: an acrobatic three-guitar (and drums) celebration of the music of Thelonious Monk, James Brown, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk that was alternately funky, heavy, jazzy, and dreaddy. I was lucky to catch an early show at the Great American Music Hall in San Fransisco before they were forced to shed the original moniker James T. Kirk. I soon found a copy of the first album on cassette, and it didn't leave my player for a very long time.

None of the TJ Kirk records are currently available on Rhapsody. Here, though, is the track list source material for the first album:

TJ Kirk - TJ Kirk

Soul Power - Brown
Teo - Monk
Bemsha Swing - Monk
Shuffle Boil/You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be Straight - Monk/Brown
Volunteered Slavery - Kirk
Serenade to a Cuckoo - Kirk
Freaks for the Festival - Kirk
Cold Sweat/Rip, Rig, & Panic - Brown/Kirk
Humph - Monk
Epistrophy - Monk
I Got to Move/In Walked Bud - Brown/Monk
Jackie-ing - Monk


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