Weldon Irvine – Liberated Brother
by Nodlew Music
Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne
Weldon Irvine (keyb); James Stroud (ts); Preston Williams (flh); Tommy Smith (el-g); Roland Wilson (el-b); Chipper Lyles, Napoleon Revels (dr, perc)
Weldon Irvine's debut as a leader is and remains one of the most idiosyncratic excursions into electro jazz of the early 70s. Innovative not only because of its atmospheric, nuanced jazz-funk orientation, "Liberated Brother" also transports Irvine's unusually strong passion, with which he represents his political and philosophical views, in its grooves, thus creating music of rare sincerity and ambition.
While in the first half of the record longer, more meditative songs like the Latin American inspired title track and "Blues Wel-Don" can be heard, the second side of "Liberated Brother" attracts the most attention.
With brilliant contributions by guitarist Tommy Smith, bassist Roland Wilson and drummer Napoleon Revels-Bey, cuts such as "Mr. Clean" and "Sister Sanctified" (later sampled by Boogie Down Productions for the rap classic "My Philosophy") by a deeply funky consciousness formed from elements of jazz, soul and psychedelia; "Juggah Buggah" even introduces Irvine to the Moog synthesizer, further expanding the cosmopolitan reach of the LP.
A1 Liberated Brother
A2 Here's Where I Came In
A3 Blues Wel-Don
B1 Mr. Clean
B4 Juggah Buggah
B5 Sister Sanctified