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Bernie Worrell

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Bernie Worrell first came to prominence as a founding member and Musical Director of Parliament/Funkadelic. While this massively influential super-group was radically altering the course of music, Bernie was radically charting the course of emerging keyboard technology during the golden age of analog synthesis. Among the key ingredients in his sonic stew were perfect pitch and a well-honed facility with the classical canon. A child prodigy who began studying piano at the tender age of three and gave his first public performance just a year later, Worrell wrote his first concerto at age eight and performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra at ten

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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The Concert of Europe

Label: Bardo
Released: 2023
Track listing: Moon Suite P.1; Moon Suite P. 2; Moon Suite P. 3; Zakir; African Genesis; Ashhark; Tim Hunt.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bernie Worrell, Kris Davis, Idris Ackamoor, Helen Svoboda & More

Read "Bernie Worrell, Kris Davis, Idris Ackamoor, Helen Svoboda & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Travel the spaceways with Sun Ra, Bernie Worrell, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Joe Zawinul, then experience the Afro Futuristic dreams of Idris Ackamoor, the grooves of the Adam Deitch Quartet featuring John Scofield and the river streams that have inspired Helen Svoboda and Slowly Rolling Camera. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison Mondo ...

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Article: Album Review

Jonas Hellborg: The Concert of Europe

Read "The Concert of Europe" reviewed by John Eyles


Swedish bass guitarist Jonas Hellborg has the knack of being in the right place at the right time when it comes to meeting reputed musicians; in 1981, after he played solo bass at the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland, he was introduced to guitarist John McLaughlin and other fusion stars. He was soon asked to join ...

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Article: Album Review

Maleem Mahmoud Ghania & Pharoah Sanders: The Trance Of Seven Colors

Read "The Trance Of Seven Colors" reviewed by Chris May


Producer Bill Laswell gets a bad rap in some quarters, and sometimes he deserves it. During his mid 1980s through mid 1990s purple period, Laswell tended to apply, some would say impose, a one-size-fits-all, avant-rock-and-funk formula across the board to the projects he took on. It was novel and radical and compelling and Laswell assembled a ...

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Article: Album Review

Soul Sugar: Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)

Read "Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)" reviewed by Joe Gatto


Phenomenal French band, Soul Sugar, comes through with what could surely be the best reggae album of 2017--Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). True to its name, this album is full of funky, soulful reggae tunes, and each one has a delightful dub version as well.Keyboard player Guillaume “Gee" Méténier, ...

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Article: Album Review

Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

Read "On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971" reviewed by Roger Farbey


An hour's worth of archival Neil Ardley and the New Jazz Orchestra is always a welcome event since it features the cream of British jazz from the late 1960s, early 70s. But this CD is split into two half hour programmes. The first is a live recording of Neil Ardley conducting the New Jazz Orchestra for ...

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Article: Album Review

The Eternals: Espiritu Zombi

Read "Espiritu Zombi" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Adventurist listeners want more from their music. That's why they venture into jazz, world, and improvised music. If you were a fan of the Talking Heads in the 1970s and 80s, the band's expanded lineup of backing singers and percussionists, plus keyboardist Bernie Worrell and guitarist Adrian Belew propelled the band out of its new wave ...

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News: Recording

Justin Mullens Pushes The Boundaries Of The French Horn & Offers New Compositions On "The Cornucopiad"

Justin Mullens Pushes The Boundaries Of The French Horn & Offers New Compositions On "The Cornucopiad"

ON BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND RECORDS (MARCH, 2016) “The spirit of the organization is firmly rooted in Brooklyn. All of the members reside there, and they wanted to give a nod to the vitality of its scene."—The Wall Street Journal The Cornucopiad Features The Justin Mullens Octet: Justin Mullens (French Horn), Chris Cheek (Alto Sax & Clarinet), ...


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