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The recent news of the decline of the health of one of the true legends of American music, Bernie Worrell, led me to re-visit a disk I've had since 2005. Stranger - Bernie Worrell on Earth is an amazing 39 minute look at one of the figures whose playing is a signature of at least three styles of music through sampling of the original grooves he provided for P-Funk. And the Talking Heads. That's right, he provided the keyboards for two of the most important acts in history - one that defined what Funk was, the other arguably the greatest art pop band of all times.
The documentary is so well done, mostly filmed at a festival in 2003, and features amazing interviews with critics and musicians. The way he is revered, despite being something of a hidden master, is shown so thoroughly in this doc. You can find it on Amazon and DVD, and it's worth the payment. When it showed at Cinequest, the second night, we had about 40 people sitting in the back, all of them musicians I recognised from the Cactus Club or The Edge, and they were all in awe. They all knew what the rest of the audience was jsut finding out - Bernie MADE music what it is today.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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