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Weldon IrvineLive At Dean Street ... CD
Squatty Roo, 1992. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A rare live set from Weldon Irvine – recorded during his last few years on the planet, when the keyboardist was experimenting with a whole range of new ideas! Irvine had been off the scene for a number of years, but returned in the 90s with renewed energy, thanks to the appreciation of a big younger audience – and the setting here is quite different than some of the fuller, more heavily produced albums of Weldon's big 70s years – a stripped-down quartet performance in Brooklyn, with Weldon playing a range of jazz, soul, and funk! Irvine handles keyboards and vocals in a group that also includes alto, bass, and drums – and many tracks are nice and long, and relatively instrumental – although Irvine also tries out a few of his hip hop rhymes at points too. The recording quality is a bit "live" – the set was originally captured by Weldon on a cassette – and titles include "Dr George", "Make It Funky", "Summertime", "Rocket Love", "Blue In Green", and "Funky Vendetta/Big Bad Wolf". CD

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✨✧ Weldon IrvineYoung, Gifted & Broke (CD & DVD) ... CD
Shout (Japan), 1977/1979. Used CD& DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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. CD
(DVD format is NTSC/Region free.)
 
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Don BlackmanDon Blackman ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman's a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there's bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation. A record to file proudly next to your copies of Ramp and James Mason – and like those gems, the kind of record that only happens once in an artists career! Titles include "You Ain't Hip", "Yabba Dabba Do", "Heart's Desire", "Deaf Hook Up Connection", "Never Miss A Thing", and "Holding You Loving You", and "Since You Been Away So Long". CD
(Remastered edition – completely new version taken from the original source master tapes!)

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Marcus MillerRenaissance ... CD
Concord, 2012. Used ... $5.99
Excellent work from Marcus Miller – the kind of soul-drenched, bass-led set that's made him a favorite for years! There's a tightness here that almost takes us back to the feel of a Stanley Clarke set from the 70s – a right on the money groove you'll hear right from the start – with more than enough bite in the basslines, and a sound that's never too smooth to make the album lose its groove. The set features guest work from Sean Jones on trumpet – plus a bit of vocals from Dr John, Gretchen Parlatto, and Ruben Blades – but overall, Miller's clearly the star attraction here, as you'll hear on cuts that include "Detroit", "Redemption", "Slippin Into Darkness", "Jekyll & Hude", "Revelation", and a great cover of Weldon Irvine's "Mr Clean". CD
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✨✧ RM Jazz LegacyRM Jazz Legacy ... CD
Key Of Life (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $22.99
A totally wonderful jazz ensemble from Japan – one who definitely work in some of the older modes you'd guess from the "legacy" in their name, especially the hippest funky big band styles of the 70s – yet a group who also have a very fresh, individual vibe of their own! These are all musicians who've been through the past decade and more of Japanese club jazz – more rhythmic uses of the form, crossed over to the funk and soul crowd – yet they're also taking things back towards a more complicated, tonally rich version of a larger group like this – with sublime sounds that emerge from the reeds and brass players, over rhythms that can still be a bit funky when they want! There's a slight bit of electricity in the lineup – a bit of organ and electric piano, plus some guitar – next to the warmer sounds on horns – and in addition to versions of Weldon Irvine's "Turkish Bath" and Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", the group also contribute their own original material on the titles "African Water", "Reborn", "The Spirit", "Night Flight", and "Come With Me". CD

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Nina SimoneHere Comes The Sun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic RCA work from the great Nina Simone – and an album that definitely shows Nina hitting more of the soul spectrum than some of her folk and jazz work of the 60s! The set's got these wonderful arrangements from Harold Wheeler – a bit electric, and done in a way that takes familiar tongs and completely recasts them for Nina's own vibe – a way of shifting the sense of spirit to unlock a special Simone-like quality you never would have expected in the tunes from anyone else! Titles include a great version of "Ooh Child", plus "Just Like A Woman", "Here Comes The Sun", "New World Coming", and "My Way". And the set also features Weldon Irvine's own composition, "How Long Must I Wander?" CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneTo Love Somebody ... CD
RCA/BMG (Japan), 1969. Used ... $9.99
One of Nina's hippest records – and one recorded with her cool combo that included Weldon Irvine! Weldon's on organ on the set, and he co-wrote the two-part track "Revolution" with Simone, one of the album's strongest numbers, set amidst some covers of other hip 60s material, including "Turn Turn Turn", "To Love Somebody", "I Can't See Nobody", and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues". CD
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Charles EarlandComing To You Live ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... About April 27, 2016
One of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a style that's still A-OK with us! The groove here is greatly helped out by arrangements from Tom Washington, Weldon Irvine, and Marcus Miller – all great talents for mixing soul into Earland's jazzier keyboards – yet in a way that still keeps all of the best elements intact! Many of the tracks feature vocals, but in a gently soulful way that glides in nicely alongside the keys – and speaking of keys, Charles plays Fender Rhodes and Arp here in addition to his usual organ. Titles include "Coming To You Live", "Spend The Night With Me", "Take Me To Heaven", "Cornbread", "Good Question", "Zee Funkin Space", and "I Will Never Tell". CD

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Don BlackmanDon Blackman (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
GRP/P-Vine (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman's a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there's bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation. A record to file proudly next to your copies of Ramp and James Mason – and like those gems, the kind of record that only happens once in an artists career! Titles include "You Ain't Hip", "Yabba Dabba Do", "Heart's Desire", "Deaf Hook Up Connection", "Never Miss A Thing", and "Holding You Loving You", and "Since You Been Away So Long". CD
Also available Don Blackman ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardStraight Life ... CD
CTI, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing second CTI set from Freddie Hubbard – one that takes off nicely from Red Clay territory, and starts to hit an even funkier mode! The tracks here are all relatively long, with a huge amount of solo space for Freddie on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, George Benson on guitar, and Herbie Hancock on piano. The title track "Straight Life" has a style that's quite searing and righteous at points – almost some of Freddie's boldest playing on record from the time. It's followed by an excellent take on Weldon Irvine's "Mr Clean" – one that's rompingly funky while still as righteous as the work on side long title track – played with some great electric piano from Herbie and sweet guitar lines from Benson. The set closes with a mellow take on "Here's That Rainy Day", played in a way that reminds us of Hubbard's more lyrical style – but still with plenty of CTI 70s overtones. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Straight Life ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ Nina SimoneIn Paris 1968 ... CD
Studio Songs (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner of a set from the lengedary Nina Simone – a really special live recording done in Paris in the late 60s – at a time when Nina was working at the height of her powers, and had a young Weldon Irvine in her group as music director! Weldon plays piano, keyboards, and Hammond on the record – and gives the tunes these snakey, long grooves that are nicely different from some of Nina's studio material – and have the singer reaching out with these long takes on tunes that include "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", "Ain't Got No/I Got Life", "Mama Lou/Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "To Love Somebody", "Susanne", and "Be My Husband". And the soulful backing group also features Tom Smith on guitar, Don Alias on drums, and Jumma (Santos?) on percussion! CD

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✨✧ Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & BrassScenes ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
Amazing live work from this legendary MPS group – electric funk mixed with plenty of horns – all in a hard-grooving big band style that nobody else could match at the time! Peter Herbolzheimer may not be a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but back in the day he was one of the coolest cats working in the European scene – and on records like this, he shows an amazing talent for blending electric grooves and soulful horn solos – all in a blend that takes the Clark Boland Band ethos to a new 70s generation! Rhythms come from a group that features two electric pianos, and a bit of organ – by Dieter Reith and Horst Muhlbrandt – guitar from Peter Catherine, electric bass from Gunter Lenz, and congas from Sabu Martinez – and the horns are even heavier – with alto and flute from Ferdinand Povel, trombone from Ake Persson and Jiggs Whigham, and trumpets from Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Ack Van Rooyen, and Palle Mikkelborg! Tunes are nice and tight, and plenty darn funky – and titles include a tasty take on Weldon Irvine's "Mr. Clean", plus the tracks "Hoops", "Scenes", and "Don't Speak Now". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bernard WrightNard (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Great all the way through, though – and a record that still delights us year after year! CD
Also available Nard ... LP 9.99
 
 
 



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