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2 February 2016, 09:54
The late jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk could play three saxophones at once and make it not sound dreadful. What a legend.
Can you play three saxophones at once? Because Rahsaan Roland Kirk can. Here he is playing ‘The Inflated Tear’, live in Prague in 1967:
And not a single bum note.
If you’re wondering what that larger straight sax next to the tenor sax is, it’s a stritch. Simply put, it’s an alto saxophone without the curved bell. And the smaller one is a manzello, another obscure sax with some key modifications.
Kirk, who died in 1977, was something on an underground jazz hero, frequently making on-stage pronouncements about race issues and the civil rights movement.