A huge musical treasure – a full unreleased album by Weldon Irvine
, plus a bonus video as well! The music is from the stage play Young Gifted & Broke – a short-lived production by Weldon
, and one that's done with some of the same hip modes he was bringing to his own music of the 70s – as well as to other artists as well, especially Nina Simone! The style's more jazz than funk, but is still mighty nice – as the instrumentation features loads of electric piano lines from Weldon
, and a sparklingly soulful style that's way hipper than most of what you'd find on the stage at the time. Most tunes have lyrics, but are still heavy on Fender Rhodes lines from Weldon
– and titles include "Karate Dancer", "Pity for The Man", "Black Lightning's Song", "Musical Interlude", "Comin Home", "We Got A Deal", "No Now Never None", and "Ghetto Lament". DVD features a documentary titled The Edification Of Weldon Irvine
– filmed in 1979 by Collis Davis – partly on the play, but also on Irvine
and his music too – a beautiful document with footage in both color and black and white. DVD also has subtitles in Japanese – but is in English throughout.
(DVD format is NTSC/Region free.)