Keyboardist Bernie Worrell’s quartet brings the funky, hard rock fusion to wake the dead at this year’s Undead Jazz Festival. Stream their entire set right here.
BEFORE YOU PRESS PLAY:
Hometown: Lebanon Township, NJ
The Facts: The legendary keyboardist played both with Parliament-Funkadelic and the Talking Heads as well as with Bill Laswell, Mos Def, and (when he was 10) the Washington Symphony Orchestra. Here Worrell is joined by the Rollins Band’s hard driving rhythm section of bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer Sim Cain and the guitarist André Lassalle.
The Sound: In the pocket funk meets blistering hard rock with searing improvised soloing -- but not always. Check out the third track “Another Day” (at the 15:00 minute mark) a more down tempo R&B-inflected track with Bernie’s flanged keyboard traversing the astral plane.
Latest Release: “For You - For Us - For All" (Live Wired Music)
He Said/She Said: “Bernie Worrell and SociaLybrium began its set with big-riff-toting funk-metal, bolstered by the Rollins Band rhythm section of drummer Sim Cain and bassist Melvin Gibbs. BRC guitarist André Lassalle played an instrument designed by super-shredder Steve Vai, and his style followed suit.” - Evan Haga, Jazz Times
“Worrell, who will be 66 this April, is still cranking out the grooves and changes like he’s just getting started … and in a sense, he is with SociaLybrium. This isn’t “Bernie and some funky guys” – this is a band of explorers. The music on For You – For Us – For All goes beyond the deep grooves; there are mini-mind epics all through this thing.” - Brian Robbins, Jambands.com
Undead Jazzfest Setlist:
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