(4-LP set) This box set collects four of Roland Kirk's mid-60s albums in one box set: “I Talk With The Spirits”, “Slightly Latin”, “Rip, Rig And Panic”, and “Now Please Don’t Cry, Beautiful Edith”. "I Talk With The Spirits" added vibist Bobby Moses to his quartet with Miss C. J. Albert's wordless vocal on two tunes. The material was all geared to the flute but ranged from the lyrical to the funky.
To see Kirk live was like having a safe seat at the core of a typhoon and witnessing a force of nature facilely draw upon the entire history of jazz with dazzling energy, humor and imagination. That was glimpsed on 1963's "Kirk In Copenhagen," but the intensity that was Kirk and his music was not properly captured until an all-star studio album "Rip, Rig And Panic," made at Rudy Van Gelder's studio. The rhythm section of Jaki Byard, Richard Davis and Elvin Jones was a dream team for Roland.
Kirk's final Limelight album was no less ambitious though it was a clear attempt to cross over into more popular radio formats. Kirk and arranger Garnett Brown add brass and percussion to the mix for "Slightly Latin" which also includes the Coleridge Perkinson choir on three tracks.
Before committing to an exclusive contract with Atlantic Records in 1967, he made one album for Creed Taylor at Verve. This would be his third and final album at the Van Gelder studio. "Now Please Don't Cry, Beautiful Edith" is a celebrated quartet affair with Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Ronnie Boykins on bass and the indefatigable Grady Tate on drums. The program is mostly originals, but with a wide variety of grooves and melodic material.