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Weldon Irvine - Liberated Brother (Nodlew / Pure Pleasure) LP

Weldon Irvine - Liberated Brother (Nodlew / Pure Pleasure) LP

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Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Weldon Irvine's debut as a leader remains one of the most fiercely idiosyncratic electric jazz outings of the early '70s. Innovative not only for its moody, nuanced jazz-funk sensibility, Liberated Brother also translates the uncommonly strong passion of Irvine's political and philosophical views into its grooves, creating music of rare sincerity and ambition. While the record's first-half features longer, more meditative songs, like the Latin-inspired title tune and "Blues Wel-Don," the second side of Liberated Brother commands the most attention. With sterling contributions from guitarist Tommy Smith, bassist Roland Wilson, and drummer Napoleon Revels-Bey, cuts like "Mr. Clean" and "Sister Sanctified" (later sampled by Boogie Down Productions for the rap classic "My Philosophy") achieve a deeply funky consciousness forged from elements of jazz, soul, and psychedelia; "Juggah Buggah" even features Irvine on Moog synthesizer, further expanding the LP's cosmic reach - Jason Ankeny/AMG

Personnel:
Weldon Irvine - Piano, Electric Piano [RMI] Synthesizer [Moog] (tracks: B4, B5), Melodica
Roland Wilson - Electric Bass [Fender]
Tommy Smith - Electric Guitar
Preston Williams - Flugelhorn
James Stroud (2) - Tenor Saxophone
Chipper Lyles, Napoleon Revels (tracks: B1) - Drums
Chipper Lyles (tracks: B1), Napoleon Revels - Percussion

Recorded and re-mixed at Sound Ideas Studio, New York, N.Y.
Produced by Weldon J. Irvine, Jr
Engineer – George Klabin
Moog Coordinator: Bob Townsend

FORMAT: 180 gram vinyl

Tracklist:

Side A:
1. Liberated Brother
2. Here’s Where I Came In
3. Blues Wel-Don

Side B:
1. Mr.Clean
2. Gloria
3. Homey
4. Juggah Buggah
5. Sister Sanctified

Nodlew / Pure Pleasure NM-1001