Cosmic Vortex - Justice Divine (Remastered) Weldon Irvine
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- 1Love Your Brother05:15
- 2Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk07:50
- 3Love Jones04:11
- 4I'll Name It Tomorrow02:50
- 5Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine)08:45
- 6Quiet (In Memory of Duke Ellington)05:06
- 7Let Yourself Be Free04:30
- 8Love Your Brother (Sanctified Version)01:30
Info for Cosmic Vortex - Justice Divine (Remastered)
A genius bit of work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – a mightily righteous effort that more than lives up to its heady title and cover! After turning out 2 great albums on his own indie Nodlew label, Weldon really steps into greatness with this set – using the bigger budget of his deal with RCA to expand out his musical vision in a number of different directions. Keyboards are still very much at the forefront of his sound – played with that heavily vamping left hand that makes his work so funky – but there's also a focus on lyrics here too – sung by Weldon with support form singers Ojuleba & Nalo, in a way that creates a righteous "many voiced" mode on the lyrical tracks! Things get plenty jazzy on side two, though – and a few key tracks really take off in a heavily jamming way, mixing Weldon's keys with additional reeds, guitar, and percussion. Titles include excellent track "Walk That Walk, Talk that Talk", plus other great ones like "Love Your Brother", "Let Yourself Be Free", "Quiet", "I'll Name It Tomorrow", and "Love Jones".
„After two visionary LPs for his own tiny Nodlew label, Weldon Irvine signed to RCA for Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine), exploring the deeply spiritual and political terrain of his previous efforts on the kind of grand musical scale that major-label funding accommodates. This is a big, bold record by any measure, with a startlingly pronounced focus on lyrics and vocals. At the same time, however, the melodies spread out like tentacles, informed by the improvisational sensibilities of jazz and the deep-groove spirit of funk.“ (Jason Ankeny, AMG)
Weldon Irvine, keyboards, soprano saxophone, vocals
Henry Grate, Jr., guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Joe Caro, guitar
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Gordon Edwards, bass
George Murray, bass
Wesley "Gator" Watson, drums
Jimmy Young, drums
Lenny White, drums
Chipper Lyles, drums
Napoleon Revels, percussion
Bud Johnson, Jr., congas, bongos
Gene Jefferson, tenor saxophone
Jimmy Owens, trumpet
Roy Roman, trumpet
Everett "Blood" Hollins, trumpet
Bill Barnwell, flute
Nalo, Ojuleba, vocals
Recorded in RCA's Studio 'D', New York City
Engineered and mixed by Jim Crotty
Produced by Weldon Irvine
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