A Guide to the Eclectic Funk Music of Bernie Worrell 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

As co-founder of the legendary psychedelic funk conglomerate, Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk), keyboardist Bernie Worrell was one of the most influential figures in popular music. With his innovative use of instruments like the Minimoog Model D—playing the synth for basslines and using the pitch wheel to create a portamento effect on the melodic sounds—as well as the Clavinet and Hammond B-3 organ, Worrell changed the way those instruments were played, helping to push popular music into daring new territory. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Woo,” Worrell had the ability to enchant listeners with the strange and electric sounds that he willed from his keyboards.

A prolific musician and adventurous collaborator, Worrell continued to display his creative range in the ’80s as a de facto member of Talking Heads. A classically-trained virtuoso, Worrell was comfortable in a variety of musical settings, working with the likes of Fela Kuti, Sly & Robbie, Nona Hendryx, Yasiin Bey, Gil Scott-Heron, and Yoko Ono.