Bernie Worrell: Improvisczario

By: Forrest Reda

Bernie Worrell is not afraid to experiment. Recorded on the fly, Improvisczario (Godforsaken Music) shows that alchemy is a musical process that true masters can accomplish with the right players. Drummer Will Calhoun (Living Colour) and the aptly named Brett Bass (Mollie King) were enlisted as his rhythm section, leaving Worrell free to go nuts on piano, Hammond, clavinet and whatever other keyboards he deems fit. Guest musicians include Mike Gordon, who offers banjo on the excellent "Up In The Hills," and Warren Haynes, who offers some wailing guitar on "Dirty" and a little feedback jam and Hendrix riffing on "Mosqito." With the exception of "Bass on the Line," Improvisczario isn't a funky album, but it grooves (and then some), giving listeners the most pleasurable mind-fuck of the year.

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[Published on: 12/28/07]

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gmoo Fri 12/28/2007 09:13AM
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Nice. Always a fan of anything Bernie.

moejoerisin Sat 12/29/2007 07:29AM
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nice review.. but just a small tip from a grammar nerd - watch your verb tenses (recorded and enlisted followed by offers and deems). i'll have to check this out - loves me some bernie.

welting Sun 12/30/2007 10:19AM
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Bernie and gordo? sign me up

jdp starstarstarstar Thu 1/3/2008 04:32PM
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The album's amazing. Nobody does what the Woo does.

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I wish he would get a real website, and not myspace.

myspace is stupid. other than that.. Rock on BERNIE!!!

garriswh starstarstarstar Sun 1/6/2008 03:06PM
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This really is a solid album. I wasn't expecting such a jazzy feel from Bernie, but he definitely pulls it off well.