Here’s an interesting song. Its form is AABA, but the harmonic rhythm makes the sections blend into each other in a way that obscures that form on first listen. Although the song is basically in C major, it never comfortably resolves to that key for more than one bar. The second A section even takes an extra four bars to pass through Ab major on the way to the bridge in C minor/Eb major. I first heard it on a Bob Brookmeyer record dedicated to the music of Alec Wilder.
Roland Kirk covered a wide variety of genres during his eclectic 20-year recording career, from gospel to jazz to funk to pop to classical. This is an example of the latter, and more proof that a good melody can be effective in any style. This one comes from Kirk’s Work, a bluesy album from 1961 featuring Jack McDuff on organ.