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 fully-formed 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 here - 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.

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