Irvine, Weldon: Cosmic Vortex LP
After two visionary LPs for his own tiny Nodlew label, Weldon Irvine signed to RCA for "Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine)", exploring the deeply spiritual and political terrain of his previous efforts on the kind of grand musical scale that major-label funding accommodates. This is a big, bold record by any measure, with a startlingly pronounced focus on lyrics and vocals. At the same time, however, the melodies spread out like tentacles, informed by the improvisational sensibilities of jazz and the deep-groove spirit of funk.
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