WELDON IRVINE

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Weldon Jonathan Irvine, Jr. (October 27, 1943 – April 9, 2002), also known Master Wel,was an American composer, playwright, poet, pianist and organist.

Irvine, an African American, was born in Hampton, Virginia on October 27, 1943. He moved to New York City in 1965. He was involved with various musical genres including Jazz-Funk, jazz, hip hop, funk, rhythm and blues, and gospel. He served as the bandleader for jazz singer Nina Simone and was a mentor to many New York hip-hop artists, including Q-Tip and Mos Def. He wrote over 500 songs, including the lyrics for "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black", performed live for the first time by Nina Simone on the album Black Gold (1970). It became the official Civil Rights anthem. Irvine's last major project was The Price of Freedom (1999), a compilation of original songs by hip-hop, jazz, funk, and R&B artists to respond to the shooting of
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Hubbub Records 1996
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WELDON IRVINE Liberated Brother album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Liberated Brother
Funk Jazz 1972
WELDON IRVINE Time Capsule album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Time Capsule
Funk Jazz 1973
WELDON IRVINE In Harmony album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
In Harmony
Funk Jazz 1974
WELDON IRVINE Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine)
Funk Jazz 1974
WELDON IRVINE Spirit Man album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Spirit Man
RnB 1975
WELDON IRVINE Sinbad album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Sinbad
RnB 1976
WELDON IRVINE Weldon & The Kats album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Weldon & The Kats
RnB 1989
WELDON IRVINE Keyboard Riffs For DJ's Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keyboard Riffs For DJ's Vol. 3
Funk Jazz 1993
WELDON IRVINE Keyboard Riffs For DJ's Volume 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keyboard Riffs For DJ's Volume 4
Funk Jazz 1993
WELDON IRVINE Spoken Melodies 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spoken Melodies "Embrace The Positive"
Funk Jazz 1998
WELDON IRVINE The Sisters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sisters
RnB 1998
WELDON IRVINE Young Gifted and Broke album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Young Gifted and Broke
Funk Jazz 2012

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WELDON IRVINE Live at Dean Street album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Dean Street
RnB 2015

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WELDON IRVINE Keyboards Wild DJ's Smile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keyboards Wild DJ's Smile
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1994
WELDON IRVINE Music Is the Key album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music Is the Key
Funk Jazz 1994
WELDON IRVINE The Best Of Weldon Irvine, Jr. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Weldon Irvine, Jr.
Funk Jazz 1997
WELDON IRVINE Cosmic Vortex + Sinbad + Spirit Man [The RCA Years] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cosmic Vortex + Sinbad + Spirit Man [The RCA Years]
Funk Jazz 2012

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WELDON IRVINE Time Capsule

Album · 1973 · Funk Jazz
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I try to contain my love for the collision of jazz with soul and funk when I review certain records. With this one, I cannot hold back. This is primo grade A certified jazzfunkdelight. Snippets of Weldon's stream of consciousness weave a unified tapestry of the finest thread.

In fact, it's so funky, it's readily apparent after listening why Weldon Irvine is THE progenitor of rap music, along with Andre Williams and Gil Scott-Heron. His spoken word illustrations add a certain color to the music no crooner could. Check out the beginning of "Soul Sisters" and "Watergate".

Classic, funky beatjams pervade the record, and an intimate joy greets the open minded listener.

This Time Capsule should live forever, therefore 5 stars is my rating

Happy listening all!

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