Weldon Irvine: Time Capsule

27. Dezember 2019 222241 0 Comments

Pure Pleasure NM-1002

„Time Capsule“ – Weldon Irvine (el-p, org, voc); Jimmy Owens (flh, tp); Preston Williams (flh); George Cables (el-p); Alex Blake, Clint Houston (b); Lenny White (dr); Tony Wiles (cga, perc); Napoleon Revels (perc); Charlette Cook (voc)
Genre: Jazz
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve
Release date: 15.01.2020
Manufacturer: Pure Pleasure
Original label: Nodlew Music
The sublime „Time Capsule“ remains Weldon Irvine’s most fully realized and influential recording. A supremely talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, Irvine had a musical vision that was unerringly soulful, spiritual, and funky. Assembled as a kind of musical scrapbook documenting the thought patterns and belief systems of the early ’70s, it nevertheless boasts a surprising vitality and timelessness thanks to luminous funk grooves that anticipate the latter-day emergence of acid jazz. Irvine also rhymes over several tracks, further cementing his influence on successive generations of hip-hop. A profoundly righteous spirituality winds through all eight of „Time Capsule’s“ performances, assaying both the affection („Soul Sisters“) and anger („Watergate“) vying for control of post-Woodstock America. Irvine’s searing keyboard and piano playing further capture the moment in question, deftly balancing between beatitude and bitterness. For fans of funk, soul and jazz, it doesn’t get much better than this 1973 classic.