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Elevation: The Upper Air

by Bernie Worrell

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Alabama 05:37
Ooh Child 05:46
Samba Pa Ti 04:54
Wings 04:23


BERNIE WORRELL - keyboard legend, founding member and essential collaborator/composer/arranger in George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic, has worked with an extremely diverse array of artists, the amount of which is practically inconceivable - Talking Heads, Bootsy Collins, The Rolling Stones, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Black Uhuru, Fela Kuti, Burning Spear, Pharoah Sanders, Buddy Guy, Sly & The Family Stone, Mos Def, Albert King, Sly & Robbie and so many more.

Without a doubt, the most influential and definitely the most emulated and copied electronic keyboardist in modern music. His synthesizer work totally defined 80’s and 90’s West Coast Hip Hop and can still be clearly recognized in the pop hits of today. ELEVATION is his first solo acoustic creation. Intimate, personal, atmospheric and touching, a humble statement which is both vulnerable and surprisingly child-like at moments. It is clearly the most unexpected and uniquely unusual contribution from this musical icon to date.

Songs and themes (some recognizable... some as dreams) will appear as flashbacks and memories, some conscious, some subconscious.

Based upon simple themes by John Coltrane, Joe Zawinul, Bob Marley, Carlos Santana, Charles Mingus and others. With delicate impressions of classic soul music from his own history and three original ambient soundscapes, delivered with a strikingly minimalist touch.

released November 12, 2013


released October 28, 2019

Bernie Worrell: piano

produced by Bill Laswell

recorded at The Barber Shop Studios, Hopatcong, NJ
engineering: Jason Corsaro
assistant engineer: Jeremy Gillespie with James Dellatacoma
mixed at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
engineering: Robert Musso with James Dellatacoma
mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, NYC

studio coordination at The Barber Shop: Ryan Barber

executive producer: Ryuji Kohno

painting by Shinro Ohtake
designed by Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign


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