Reeds & Deeds
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1935 - December 5, 1977) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously. He became blind at an early age as a result of poor medical treatment. In 1970, Kirk added "Rahsaan" to his name after hearing it in a dream.
The way he approached music, combining tradition and renewal, in a way like Charles Mingus did, inspired many musicians. Frans Vermeerssen and Michiel Braam did a project around Kirk's music back in 1995, resulting in their quintet's famous album "One for Rahsaan".
The six Reeds & Deeds members are from The Netherlands and the US and have their roots in the (post-) freejazz era and played all over the world with, just to mention a few, the Willem Breuker Kollektief, Mal Waldron, Theo Loevendie, I Compani, Bik Bent Braam, and many many others. The band is focussing on the compositions of Kirk –such as "The Inflated Tear", "A Laugh for Rory", "Many Blessings", "Vertigo", "Limbo Boat" and "Gifts and Messages"– which are mostly well known but rarely performed.
The Reeds & Deeds project refers to a 1963 album recorded by Kirk and honoring one of the great American jazz musicians.