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By 1974, 31 year-old Weldon Irvine was ready for the next phase of his career. Having spent years working variously as a pianist, band leader, composer, arranger and road manager with the likes of joe henderson and nina simone, his breakout moment as a solo artist finally came in 1974, when he signed with rca records. finally backed with a budget that could match his ambitions, irvine's first release was 'cosmic vortex', a sprawling, monumental work that embodied a musician at the height of his powers. the result is an album that molds his jazz instincts for free-form improvisation to fit a deep funk aesthetic, but also matched with strong, spiritual lyrics. he went on to release two more albums with rca that continued to build on themes established here. get on down is proud to present the remastered version of 'cosmic vortex', featuring a dazzling new digital audio transfer from the original analog tapes.