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Keyboardist Weldon Irvine looms large in the pantheon of jazz-funk, profoundly influencing the subsequent generations of hip-hop artists for whom he served as collaborator and mentor. Born in Hampton, VA, on October 27, 1943, Irvine was raised by his grandparents in the wake of his parents' divorce, and while his grandmother played standup bass in a series of regional classical ensembles, her husband served as dean of…

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  • Can't believe I've slept on this music for so long!
  • Weldon was a great guy. I released the 'Best of Weldon Irvine Jr. (Vol 1) in 1996-7, taking numerous tracks from his Nodlew and RCA recordings. We used to talk about a lot of different things besides music e.g. literature, martial arts, current affairs, etc. An articulate and talented man. I have the DAT somewhere for all his previously unreleased recordings from 1966-78. Tunes such as 'The Vamp', 'Mohammed Ali', etc. Was going to be the follow-up after the first release. Designed the sleeve, etc and it was already to go, but i decided to go back to education in the form of Medical School. One day i will release it, as it's an essential historical record of Weldon's work. There are some good grooves in there too. Weldon is sadly missed, but never forgotten! RIP brother!
  • "Here's Where I came In" is so epic
  • Seriously floored that I know his music and I am revisiting it now! Man, A Tribe Called Quest kept his funk alive during my teenage years! xox
  • weldon is great but i think he's spike lee's dad on the DL
  • this guy is freakin' outstanding!
  • always played on gilles music shows. he deserves it. great sound back from the 70s
  • "I love you" gives me goosebumps
  • Rest In Peace Mr. Irvine
  • simply amazing!!

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