Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
Pianist Weldon Irvine is joined by bassist Roland Wilson, guitarist Tommy Smith, along with Preston Williams, James Stroud, Chipper Lyles and Napoleon Revels for this debut as a leader.
"Weldon Irvine's debut as a leader remains one of the most fiercely idiosyncratic electric jazz outings of the early '70s. Innovative not only for its moody, nuanced jazz-funk sensibility, Liberated Brother also translates the uncommonly strong passion of Irvine's political and philosophical views into its grooves, creating music of rare sincerity and ambition. While the record's first-half features longer, more meditative songs, like the Latin-inspired title tune and "Blues Wel-Don," the second side of Liberated Brother commands the most attention. With sterling contributions from guitarist Tommy Smith, bassist Roland Wilson, and drummer Napoleon Revels-Bey, cuts like "Mr. Clean" and "Sister Sanctified" (later sampled by Boogie Down Productions for the rap classic "My Philosophy") achieve a deeply funky consciousness forged from elements of jazz, soul, and psychedelia; "Juggah Buggah" even features Irvine on Moog synthesizer, further expanding the LP's cosmic reach." - Jason Ankeny/AMG
• 180g Vinyl
• Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
• Made in the UK
Weldon Irvine, piano, electric piano [RMI] Synthesizer [Moog] (tracks: B4, B5), Melodica
Roland Wilson - electric Bass [Fender]
Tommy Smith - Electric Guitar
Preston Williams - Flugelhorn
James Stroud (2) - Tenor Saxophone
Chipper Lyles, drums, percussion (B1)
Napoleon Revels, drums, percussion (B1)
1. Liberated Brother
2. Heres Where I Came In
3. Blues Wel-Don
4. Juggah Buggah
5. Sister Sanctified
Recorded and re-mixed at Sound Ideas Studio, New York, N.Y.