On January 11, 2021, Howard Lewis Johnson died aged 79. He was musician (tuba, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet), member and leader of the tuba ensembles Tuba Libre, Substructure, and Gravity. He recorded and performed with some of the world best known musicians and bands, including George Gruntz, Hank Crawford, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp, Hank Mobley, Levon Helm, Tomasz Stanko, Gary Burton, Gábor Szabó, Bob Thiele, Charlie Haden, Jazz Composers, Andrew Hill, Leon Thomas, Johnny Coles, Taj Mahal, Charles Tolliver, The Band, Carla Bley, John Lennon, Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, Jaco Pastorius, Muddy Waters, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman, James Taylor, Jack De Johnette, Jimmy Heath, Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, NDR Big Band, Ray Anderson, Barbara Dennerlein, John Scofield, T. S. Monk, Mario Pavone, and Chet Baker. As leader he released four albums.
In June 1971, “Atlantic” label released “Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata”, the 19th Rahsaan Roland Kirk album. It was recorded January – February 1971, at “Regent Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Joel Dorn.
- Roland Kirk – tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, black mystery pipes, harmonium, piccolo, bass drum, thundersheet, cymbals, bells, music box, palms, timpani, gong, bird sounds
- Maurice McKinley – drums, congas
- Joe Habad Texidor – tambourine, triangle, washboard, thundersheet
- Sonelius Smith – piano
- Bob Liftin – engineer
- Lewis Hahn – engineer, mixing
- Joel Dorn – liner notes
- Prince Givens – artwork
- Loring Eutemey – design
All tracks by Rahsaan Roland Kirk except where noted.
- Something for Trane That Trane Could Have Said
- Island Cry
- Runnin’ from the Trash
- Day Dream – Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn
- The Ragman and the Junkman Ran from the Businessman They Laughed and He Cried
- Raped Voices
- Haunted Feelings
- Prelude Back Home
- Dance of the Lobes
- Harder and Harder Spiritual
- Black Root (Back to the Root)