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✨✧ Weldon IrvineWeldon & The Kats (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Nodlew/P-Vine (Japan), 1968/1980s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rare work from Weldon Irvine – a selection of tracks recorded as private studio outings, reissued briefly by Luv N Haight in the early 90s, and then only on vinyl! The style here is 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 – but usually mixed in with sweet electric elements, too – which creates this wonderfully righteous balance in the music! The whole thing's very soulful, with plenty of undercurrents of the RCA years – and 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. Titles include "Kundabuffer", "Music Is The Key", "Mr PC", "We Can Try Again", and "Blues For Spike". CD
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✨✧ Yesterdays New Quintet (Monk Hughes)Yesterdays New Quintet Presents Monk Hughes & Outer Realm – A Tribute To Brother Weldon ... CD
Stones Throw, 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
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". CD
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