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Bernie Worrell

Raised in Plainfield, NJ, Bernie Worrell was a classically trained pianist at three years old. Throughout his childhood he played with symphonies and orchestras, and even wrote his own concerto at the age of eight. Slowly, he listened to the radio and discovered sounds other than classical, and when he went to college, he played with a number of bar bands, including the Tavares (who were known as Chubby & the Turnpikes back then). It was also around this time that Worrell met George Clinton, who was the vocalist for a Motown-influenced group called the Parliaments. The Parliaments soon split up and moved to Detroit, where Clinton re-formed them into a new group, called Parliament. Clinton then formed another side band, called Funkadelic, several of whose members had been in Parliament but were now performing under the new name due to contractual glitches. Worrell joined Funkadelic in 1970, beginning with their album Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow. He was an essential part of the P-Funk mob and continued to play with them right up until the early '80s. He then joined the Talking Heads as a session man and went on tour with them throughout the '80s, basically working with David Byrne and the band right up to their split in early 1992. Besides his solo career, Worrell continues to work with members of the P-Funk, including Bootsy Collins. His work on such songs as "Flashlight," "(Not Just) Knee Deep," and "Cosmic Slop" influenced not only other R&B/soul artists but also many rap groups, who continue to sample his work in their own songs.--Bio Courtesy of

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PARLIAMENT: Funkentelchy vs. The Placebo Syndrome -- This is essential listening for anyone who owns a moog synthesizer because the track "Flashlight" is the funkeist moog bass line of all time!! Bernie Worrell is knee deep in the funk all though this album. -- Rodney Lee
FUNKADELIC: Let's Take It To The Stage -- The last track on this album, "Atmosphere", features Bernie in one of his signature classic moments. He has this uncanny ability to turn a composition that is based on classical music harmonies into funk. Pure genious. -- Rodney Lee
TALKING HEADS: Stop Making Sense - DVD-- Bernie Worrell toured with The Talking Heads throughout the 80's. This DVD is that band at it's finest, and Bernie is killing. A must have!! -- Rodney Lee
STRANGER: BERNIE WORRELL ON EARTH -- This is a documentary that I came across while searching for info on Bernie Worrell. Go to this site and view the trailer: It really looks like a great documentary, and I can't wait until it is released.
Bernie with P Funk

If you are a Bernie Worrell fan then perhaps you will enjoy my CD as well.

Innocent Bystander is my alter ego of hardcore funky electronica. Released in 2000, this CD was featured prominently in MTV Road Rules.
The music infuses elements of Drum-n-Bass, Techno, Reggae, and Funk all with a unifying B-3 organ throughout. Innocent Bystander transcends the space time continuum from 70's funk to the new millennium by perfectly melding the computerized sounds of the new electronica with the raw human feel of old school soul and funk.
It's as if Sly Stone and Jimmy Smith were genetically combined with the Chemical Brothers and Fat Boy Slim! There is even a cover of Sly Stone's "Sing A Simple Song". The result is music for your mind and your ass. It's Medeski, Martin, and Wood on a futuristic tour around Jupiter.

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