Rare work from Weldon Irvine
– a compilation reissued briefly by Luv N Haight in their earliest days as a label, but hopelessly out of print for too long! The music here is from a variety of sources, some of it private studio sessions, some demos, and a few tracks from Weldon
's ridiculously hard to get Strata East album, but the sound is very unified for a collection from different sources, much more jazz-based than some of Irvine
's soul recordings – a mode that's often all instrumental, and which features Weldon
playing more acoustic piano than on his 70s fusion classics. The style is still nicely soulful, though, and though it's not annotated as such, guest players include Steve Grossman on tenor, Marcus Miller on bass, Tom Browne on trumpet, and Bobby Broom on guitar – the latter 3 of which all worked with Weldon
at GRP, making us guess that some of these 80s sides were intended for release on that label. 13 tracks in all, with titles that include "Kundabuffer", "Music Is The Key", "Mr PC", "Blues For Spike", "Fat Mouth", "Turkish Bath", "Gemini Mood", "Pleasure, Pain & Me", "Marjorie Moon", "Cordero" and "Have You Met Miss Jones?".
(Long out of print, and super tough to find in any format!)