Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weldon Irvine - 1976 - Sinbad

Weldon Irvine 

01. Sinbad 6:21
02. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 5:51
03. What's Goin' On? 4:38
04. I Love You 3:03
05. Do Something For Yourself 4:45
06. Music Is The Key 7:36
07. Here's Where I Came In 3:36
08. Gospel Feeling 4:16

Alto Saxophone – George Young
Backing Vocals – Adrienne Albert, Bunny McCullough, Deborah McDuffie
Baritone Saxophone – Phil Bodner
Bass – Gordon Edwards
Bass Trombone – Alan Raph
Congas – Martin Charles
Drums – Chris Parker, Steve Gadd (tracks: A2)
Guitar – Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale
Percussion – Napoleon Revels-Bey
Piano [Acoustic] – Richard Tee (tracks: A3, B4)
Piano [Acoustic], Lead Vocals – Don Blackman
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Weldon Irvine
Tenor Saxophone – Michael Brecker
Trombone – Wayne Andre
Trumpet – Randy Brecker

Weldon Irvine's last album for a major label – and a key set that marks the debut of the legendary Don Blackman! Irvine's still very much in charge of the session, but Blackman's emerging here with the strength that would show up on his later soul sessions – singing lead vocals on some of the best cuts on the record, and also playing acoustic piano next to Weldon's bank of electric keys. Tunes are nicely varied throughout – returning to the exploratory nature of some of Irvine's earlier records – and there's even some great mellower numbers that are some of our favorite tracks on the set – including the sublime stepper "I Love You", the gently spacey "Music Is The Key", and a sweet instrumental cover of "What's Going On".

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