A cosmic tribute to one of the greatest musical geniuses of the jazz funk genre! Weldon Irvine
left our planet a few years back – far too early, in our opinion – and years before he got his full due for a lifetime of work that began with an early stint with Nina Simone, blossomed into some incredible solo records, and still continued into the 90s with experiments in hip hop and jazz! For this great set, Madlib and crew pay tribute to Weldon
's genius with a set of original compositions that take off into the space first explored on Irvine
's early 70s albums. Monk Hughes plays a bass and the incredible "electric space keyboard" – next to Fender Rhodes and Arp from Joe McDuphrey, moog and organ from Morgan Adams III, and drums and loops from Otis Jackson Jr. The album's got the messed-up funky feel of the best Yesterday's New Quintet work – but goes even further out, with a really cosmic and spacey, almost spiritual jazz sort of approach – all instrumental, all original, but in a style that would have made Weldon
smile. (And if you ever met him, the man smiled a lot!) Titles include "Run With The Sun", "A Piece For Brother Weldon
", "Keys", "Liberated", "Welldone", "Nodlew's Sea", "Master Wel's Tune", and "The Beginning, The Middle, & The End".