Tuesday, August 14, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Will Bernard

Artist:Will Bernard
Album:Blue Plate Special

Guitarist Will Bernard started out as a sideman in the early 90s and first recorded as a leader in 1998. His music is funk influenced jazz fusion. He grew up in Berkeley, CA and first recorded and toured with pianist Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble. Apfelbaum worked with Carla Bley for several years. After the success of that group, Bernard formed T.J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter and John Schott. Their 1997 CD If Four Was One was nominated for a Grammy. Bernard signed with Verve and released his debut CD as a leader Medicine Hat in 1998. Since then he has recorded with bands like Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, The Coup, Idris Muhammad, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Groundation and Stanton Moore. Blister is from his 2008 CD Blue Plate Special and was released on the jazz label Palmetto Records. Musicians on the album are John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood on keyboards, Andy Hess of Gov't Mule on bass and Stanton Moore on drums. The CD is recommended to fusion fans. Will Bernard's latest CD Outdoor Living is on his own label and he continues to play with other bands. And he appeared on Tom Waits' 2011 CD Bad As Me. Here's Will Bernard performing Blister with Phil Wilkinson on organ and Simon Lott on drums in Oveido, Spain Apr. 13, 2010.

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