Bernie Worrell

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order By Artist

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2021

A good year topped by Prince

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through November 30th

By Iman Lababedi | December 6, 2020

very real, a week after the album dropped he was shot to death

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through October 31st, 2020

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2020

she can swing like Count Basie swings…

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | October 1, 2020

everything you want from reggae by one of the greats

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through August 31st

By Iman Lababedi | September 1, 2020

a rock n roll Big Thief

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through July 31st

By Iman Lababedi | August 3, 2020

Ethiopian pop meets True Groove black rage unharnessed, is the third of the Haile Selassie trilogy

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through June 30th

By Iman Lababedi | July 2, 2020

bedroom pop’s coming of age

Best Of 2020: Albums In Alphabetical Order Through May 31st

By Iman Lababedi | June 2, 2020

instrumental last act

The Early Bird:Top New Recorded Releases 5-29-20 – 6-4-20 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 29, 2020

An instrumental look back produced by Bill Laswell

Oldies But Goldies: Bernie Worrell At BB Kings

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2016

We may never see this again

Bernie Worrell Dead At 72

By admin | June 24, 2016

Changed the sonic identity of ’70s funk

Bernie Worrell Benefit April 4th At Webster Hall

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2016

For all the great music Bernie has provided for us, he should be given nothing but money all the time

Best Albums Of 2014, #20: Bernie Worrell's "Elevation"

By Iman Lababedi | December 15, 2014

A tough sell and nobody bothered to sell it, so it seems to be as deep and strong and blue as a classical take on black music phenoms can be but also unheard of and hiding in plain sight of the world. released around the end of 2013, it is a lovely coda to a great career

Bernie Worrell's "Elevation (The Upper Air)" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2014

It is a gloriously beautiful piece of music that elevates us as high as we can possibly go and is so inclusive the only reason not to embrace it is misanthropy. Why only Tomas Doncker is heralding this album is beyond me. A magnificent piece of music that should be heard and heard again.

10 Songs, Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2014

The solos that intro and outro the 20s masterpiece written by the great man himself are there for dancing but once the vocal kicks in the song changes tempo and Louis growls an entreaty and a promise “If you just listen to me honey, I’ll tell you something you don’t know…” – A+

ELEVATION (The Upper Air )- Bernie Worrell Worrell + Laswell= Music Magic

By Tomas Doncker | February 5, 2014

Ikonoklast Bill Laswell for this article, he spoke of the lineage from which the three original soundscapes (and much of the overall “vibe” of ELEVATION) emerged.This music has to be felt, not analyzed, compared, judged or even listened to. It exists in the distance… past and future. Its’ roots go as far back as Miles Davis’ “In a silent way”. It’s beyond music. It’s part of the fabric. It’s Culture”.

Best Albums Through January 31st, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | January 31, 2014

Adventures In Bluesland – Phil Gammage – A New Wave stalwart continues his career trajectory through Americana to an East Coasts rock and blues sound uniquely his own. Add to that one of the best rock and roll singing voices you’ll hear and a mean harp, Gammage’s album stands as an organic response to synthetic emotions.

10 Songs: what rock nyc Is Listening To 10-10-13

By Iman Lababedi | January 10, 2014

Love Child – Diana Ross And the Supremes – A bastards story but also a Motown classic, sends me back to the back of my dad’s Jag on a Sunday afternoon driving back from Blackpool – A+

That Was The Week Of 12-30-13 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2014

Billy Joel sucked in the New Year but the Icons Of Funk made up for it in the middle of a blizzard where Bernie Worrell gave a keyboard performance we will never forget.Still on Worrell, Tomas Doncker woke me to Worrell’s superb Elevation (The Upper Air) album, released in November.

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-6-13

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2014

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin – I saw Franklin perform this the day after Whitney Houston died, February 17th, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall and it was superior to this take but not by much. Both are Gospel, but the pain that night is something only real grieving can match – A

The Icons Of Funk (Leo Nocentelli, Bernie Worrell, Fred Wesley) At BB Kings, Friday, January 3rd, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2014

“Nothing is until it is and then after it is then it is” is how Pee wee Ellis, the saxophonist with the James Brown Revue once put it and at BB King’s the Icons Of Funk, JB Horn trumpeter Fred Wesley, Meter Guitarist Leo Nocentelli and Parliament-P-Punk keyboard player Bernie Worrell put the question of when what is is to the test

rock nyc's Top 10 Songs w-o 12-30-13

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2014

John Newman I am very ecited to be seeing on Thursday (and the album is dropping Stateside this month), and Bernie Worrell was new to me but not the rest of the world. But new to everybody is Angel Haze’s excellent new album, a pop triumph that might actually break pop.

10 Songs: what rock nyc is listening to 1-2-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 2, 2014

Future Farmers Of America – Lou Reed – It sounds like it has escaped off his New York album, with a swift powerful kick and hard buzzing guitars from his final masterpiece as the millennium turned – A

Hear Ye: What rock nyc is listening to 12-31-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 31, 2013

Spirit Of The Mountain – Bob Dylan – No chorus but who needs one with a bridge this smart, it flows like a river and it shimmers on your consciousness as an adult, maybe even senior, love song, “You think I’m past my prime?” Dylan asks, “let me see what you got….” Sublime way to end the year- A

Tomas Doncker's Top 10 Albums of 2013

By Iman Lababedi | December 30, 2013

The two revelations here are Cody Chestnutt’s superb r&b album from late 2012 and Bernie Worrell’s brilliant new album which opens with Miles Davis and closes with Bob Marley and in between is a subtle and beautiful jazz masterwork for piano.