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Bernie Worrell

Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth DVD

Review by Gary Hill

It’s always fascinating to me to learn about musicians who should be household names, but aren’t. What I mean by that are the guys whose music has made it into homes all over the world, yet when you see their name, you think, “who is that?” Such is the case with Bernie Worrell. Well-known by musicians, the man has lived in virtual anonymity. He was a key part of Parliament Funkadelic and lent his keyboard talents to late era Talking Heads. This short (forty minute) documentary touches on the highlights and low-lights of his career and life. Given the length it seems that it would be sort of a cursory look – and it is. Complete with interviews with many who have been involved with him over the years, this could best be considered a “first glance.” As an introduction, it serves quite well. I think that those who have followed his career might find it lacking, though. For the rest of us, it’s a rather fascinating glimpse of Bernie Worrell, and I would recommend it with the reservation that it will probably leave you wanting to seek out more.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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