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Will Bernard

Guitarist Will Bernard, a Berkeley, CA native and Brooklyn NY transplant studied guitar and piano from an early age with Dave Creamer, Art Lande and Julian White later developing and interest in classical music composition . He received a a degree in music from UC Berkeley where he studied with Andrew Imbrie and others.

He began playing and recording on an international level as a member of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble,who made their recorded debut with Don Cherry on “Multikulti” (A&M 1989). Since then, Bernard has participated in a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip-hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. In the 90’s Bernard recorded and performed with many projects under the direction of acclaimed producer Lee Townsend and worked with groups ranging from the Hindustani-influenced Jai Uttal to the political hip-hop group the Coup. The most commercially successful of these projects was the group T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose sophomore album “If Four Was One” on Warner bros. was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. Will made further inroads with the Stanton Moore trio which toured extensively and made 3 albums on Telarc and a Hal Leonard drum instructional video and book.

Album

Pond Life

Label: Dreck to Disk Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Poor Man’s Speedball; Type A; Surds; Still Drinkin’?; Pond Life; Four Is More; Moving Target; That Day; Motooz; Lake Of Greater Remnants.

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Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

Read "Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Virelles, Amanda Whiting, Marco Mezquida, Mamud Band & More

Read "David Virelles, Amanda Whiting, Marco Mezquida, Mamud Band & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


It's just early July and there's no denying that we're already feeling the effects of climate change, with unusually high temperatures and extreme events like floods or severe thuderstorms. When it comes to music, however the downpour of new releases is a very welcome development... especially when they sound so delicious!Happy listening!Playlist ...

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Article: In Pictures

A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The great master of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, passed away in September 2021 at 79. Smith enjoyed a more than 50-year career at the vanguard of soul jazz. His influence extended far beyond that genre to electronic, hip-hop, and funk artists. Smith remained at the peak of his powers as a musician and ...

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Article: Album Review

Will Bernard: Pond Life

Read "Pond Life" reviewed by Mark Corroto


All great performances, be they athletic or musical, start with a solid base. For guitarist Will Bernard that is a trio with drummer Ches Smith (Ceramic Dog, Snakeoil) and completing Bernard's bass (sic) with both the acoustic and electric input of bassist Chris Lightcap. Upon this foundation Bernard is inspired to expand his music with the ...

Album

Ancient Grains

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Dry Land Tourist; Ancient Grains; Five Finger Discount; Pleasure Seekers; Stone Valley; Trilobite; Boo Boo's Birthday; Mazurka Tree; Temescal; Right As Rain; Wake Up Call

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Keepin’ It Real

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Passion Dance; Stolen Moments; Peace; Nica's Dream; Witch Hunt; African Flower; Pensativa; West Coast Blues.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases

Read "Rachel Eckroth, Melanie Charles, Bruno Angelini, Aakash Mittal & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Impressive new albums by Rachel Eckroth and Melanie Charles, the cross-cultural experiments of Aakash Mittal and Ches Smith, groovy soulful releases and re-releases by Leon Spencer, David Axelrod and Will Bernard and much more in this week's playlist.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 David Axelrod ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Sounds From Argentina And More

Read "New Sounds From Argentina And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week jazz from Argentina with Matías Formica & Jonatan Schenone, Ernesto Jodos Barry Altschul & Mark Helias, and, Rodrigo Domínguez. Also the welcome return of UK fusion specialists Optimystik Visionaries, familiar tunes with a fresh perspective from Fifth Element, and the new album from guitarist Will Bernard. There's also two preview tracks from new releases ...


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