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Will Bernard: Freelance Subversives

Read "Freelance Subversives" reviewed by Doug Collette

A native Californian currently headquartered in Brooklyn, Will Bernard's geographical touchpoints mirror the expanse of solo and collaborative projects to which he's contributed over the course of his career. Just a few of the names appearing in his discography are also indicative of the guitarist's broadly eclectic approach: eccentric singer/composer Tom Waits, drummer extraordinaire Stanton Moore and guitar wunderkind Charlie Hunter. And dating back to Will's membership with the latter in T.J. Kirk (with drummer Scott Amendola), there's been a ...

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Idle Hands: Solid Moments

Read "Solid Moments" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Producer and Posi-Tone co-head Marc Free wears a lot of hats, including those of curator and cooperative chemist. Since 2018, Free has been piecing together various outfits and concepts, tipping his hat to touchstones, adding new slants to his label's rich catalog and engaging in outreach and audience development in the process. Not content to simply settle for the stautus quo, Free has found a way to present a stable of important artists, both established and emerging, that draws on ...

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Will Bernard: Out & About

Read "Out & About" reviewed by Doug Collette

As if more proof was necessary Out & About confirms guitarist Will Bernard is as skilled a bandleader as he is an instrumentalist. And both roles require an artful approach as this album makes clear: it's one thing to find talented musicians--as Bernard most certainly does here--it's quite another to elicit that talent in such a way it complements the talent (and personality) of each of the other musicians involved. In this context then Out & About is ...

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Will Bernard: Out & About

Read "Out & About" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Will Bernard has received his due for sideman work in a variety of settings, but you rarely hear anybody talk about stylistic range when it comes to his own leader dates. This is the album that could--and should--change that. Over the course of eleven originals, Bernard continually frames himself in different ways, constantly redefining his outlook and mining fresh musical veins with some help from four A-list musicians--organist Brian Charette, saxophonist John Ellis, bassist Ben Allison, and drummer Allison Miller. ...

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Will Bernard: Just Like Downtown

Read "Just Like Downtown" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Will Bernard has been connected to a number of singular groups and individuals, from the Monk-to-funk outfit known as T.J. Kirk to New Orleans drumming giant Stanton Moore to multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum's boundary-pushing Hieroglyphics Ensemble, but a common denominator exists in his strongest work with each one: Bernard's best is always rooted in the groove. He has a no-fuss way of establishing and/or inhabiting the rhythmic currents of a song and he puts that skill to good use, once ...

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Will Bernard Trio: Outdoor Living

Read "Outdoor Living" reviewed by Doug Collette

As if capturing the Will Bernard Trio caught up in a rush of inspiration, both the initial and concluding pairs of tracks on Outdoor Living are sequenced together without breaks between. It's an appropriate production touch for an album on which the participants are clearly feeding on each others' ideas and building on the individual and collective talent on hand. The initial segue to “Morgan Deux" from “Nature Walk" is a springboard for the musicians and listeners alike to become ...

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Will Bernard: Blue Plate Special & Night for Day

Read "Will Bernard: Blue Plate Special & Night for Day" reviewed by George Kanzler

Will BernardBlue Plate SpecialPalmetto2008 Bernard/Emer/Lackner/FerberNight for DayBrooklyn Jazz Underground Records2008 Guitarist Will Bernard is the common denominator on these two stylistically divergent CDs. On Blue Plate Special he's joined by keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Andy Hess and drummer Stanton Moore while Night for Day is with fellow Brooklyn Jazz Underground members Benny Lackner (piano), ...


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