Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell

📅28 December 2014, 02:04


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As the architect of Parliament Funkadelic’s iconic intergalactic, synth-drenched sound, Bernie Worrell is a keyboardist and a master of production and songwriting. His work with P-Funk earned him the nickname “The Wizard of WOO” as well as a place, along with the original Parliament/Funkadelic, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With the Talking Heads, Worrell appeared on the landmark album Speaking in Tongues and in the Jonathan Demme concert film Stop Making Sense. But these are merely Worrell’s two most recognizable credits in his six-decade career. His discography also boasts nine solo albums – including Elevation, his first solo piano collection, released in February. Worrell is also a highly-sought session player and collaborator. Among his numerous side projects are Method of Defiance (with Bill Laswell), Black Jack Johnson (with Mos Def) and Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains, a supergroup featuring Les Claypool and Brain from Primus and enigmatic guitarist Buckethead.

Worrell’s massive musical influence is documented in the 2004 documentary Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth. In the film, David Byrne credits Worrell with injecting fun into Talking Heads’ music and performances. Worrell’s influence continues to permeate modern music with the likes of Dr. Dre and The Coup sampling his work.

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