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Prophets Of Time: Nik Turner's Favourite Records
Sean Kitching , March 23rd, 2016 10:03

The space rock luminary and former member of Hawkwind, Sphynx and Inner City Unit guides Sean Kitching through 13 instructive and inspirational jazz, rock and soul records that have shaped him and his music


Roland Kirk – We Free Kings
Another really incredible musician. I was learning to play the flute and also learning the saxophone at the time. I listened to people like Jethro Tull and I thought Ian Anderson had borrowed so much from Roland Kirk, and yet he's kind of an unsung hero really. I saw Roland Kirk at Ronnie Scott's club and he was playing three saxes at the same time with a couple of flutes up his nose. He's such an awesome character and player and I thought, "Wow." Coupled with the fact that he's blind, you wonder how he does it. I was playing a gig at the Roundhouse and I invited him to come and jam with me. He didn't unfortunately, but I would have loved it if he had done. Playing the three saxophones at once is so clever. He plays an alto, a tenor and a baritone or something, plays harmonies to each other and plays in unison, plays a whole orchestration, and it's all just spontaneous.