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
supported by 4 fans who also own “Elevation: The Upper Air”
Such a beautifully crafted album. Such intense rich weaving of sounds and feelings. It’s one of those albums you are happy to share at the same time want to keep as a personal secret.
Amazing stuff by Mr Halsall. I suggest anyone reading this to spend some time in his early stuff too. Song to Charlie is monumental. il-Berts