Sinbad (Remastered) Weldon Irvine

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Label: RCA Records Label

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Funk

Artist: Weldon Irvine

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  • 1Sinbad06:23
  • 2Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing05:52
  • 3What's Goin' On?04:38
  • 4I Love You03:03
  • 5Do Something for Yourself04:49
  • 6Music Is the Key07:35
  • 7Here's Where I Came In03:47
  • 8Gospel Feeling04:16
  • Total Runtime40:23

Info for Sinbad (Remastered)

In 1976, jazz keyboardist Weldon Irvine was in a transitional phase of his career. Having spent years as Nina Simone's band leader, he had developed into a full-formed, mature musician by the early 70s, creating a sound that combined modern jazz, soul, funk and blues with an underlying social and spiritual consciousness. Sinbad, his last ever album for a major label, marked the high point of that period. Mixing original songs with covers by Marvin Gaye ("What's Goin' On") and Stevie Wonder ("Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"), Irvine led an exemplary group of players-guitarist Eric Bale, saxophonist Michael Brecker and a breakout performance by pianist Don Blackman, who also supplied vocals-on an ambitious, intricate musical journey that's both technically brilliant and emotionally striking. Afterwards, Irvine found further success in writing musical stage productions, leaving Sinbad as one of his final-and greatest-recordings.

„Recorded with an exemplary supporting cast featuring pianist Don Blackman, guitarist Eric Gale, and saxophonist Michael Brecker, Sinbad explores the extremes of Weldon Irvine's music, juxtaposing several of the keyboardist's funkiest, most energetic grooves to date alongside mellow, contemplative performances of uncommon intricacy and beauty. Inspired in both sound and spirit by the soul-searching Motown efforts of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, complete with covers of their respective "What's Going On" and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," Sinbad contrasts the elegant soul-jazz contours and luminous, horn-driven arrangements of the title cut and "Do Something for Yourself" alongside the nuances and soft pastels of "I Love You" and "Music Is the Key." The resiliency of Irvine's vision and the vibrant performances of his collaborators nevertheless create a kind of yin-yang dynamic that enables the album's divided soul to operate in harmony.“ (Jason Ankeny, AMG)

Weldon Irvine, keyboards, synthesizer
Don Blackman, piano, lead vocals
Richard Tee, piano
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Eric Gale, guitar
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone
George Young, alto saxophone
Phil Bodner, baritone saxophone
Wayne Andre, trombone
Alan Raph, bass trombone
Gordon Edwards, bass
Chris Parker, drums
Steve Gadd, drums
Napoleon Revels-Bey, percussion
Martin Charles, congas
Adrienne Albert, backing vocals
Bunny McCullough, backing vocals
Deborah McDuffie, backing vocals

Recorded at RCA Studios, 'B' and 'E', New York City
Engineered by Jim Crotty
Produced by Mike Lipskin, Weldon Irvine

Digitally remastered

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