Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weldon Irvine - 1973 - Time Capsule

Weldon Irvine 
Time Capsule

01. Time Capsule 2:22
02. Feelin' Mellow 3:42
03. Soul Sisters 7:32
04. Deja Vu 9:24
05. Watergate----Don't Bug Me! 7:05
06. Spontaneous Interaction 5:58
07. I Am 1:24
08. Bananas 2:16

Bass – Alex Blake, Clint Houston
Congas – Anthony Wiles
Drums – Lenny White
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – George Cables
Flugelhorn – Preston Williams
Organ [Hammond B-3], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Melodica, Vocals, Producer – Weldon Irvine
Percussion – Napoleon Revels
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Jimmy Owens
Voice [Recitation] – Charlette Cook (tracks: 1, 4, 7)

The sublime Time Capsule remains Weldon Irvine's most fully realized and influential recording. 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.

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