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Album Review

Like Tom Browne and Lenny White/Twennynine, Bernard Wright was part of Jamaica, Queens' R&B/funk scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which gave us such major hits as Twennynine's "Peanut Butter" and Browne's "Funkin' for Jamaica." Browne and White were both talented jazz musicians, but R&B/funk was their main focus at that time. Similarly, keyboardist/pianist Wright occasionally flirts with instrumental jazz on his debut album, 'Nard, but pays a lot more attention to vocal-oriented soul and funk. The only instrumentals on this out-of-print LP are the jazz-funk smoker "Firebolt Hustle," the Rodney Franklin-ish "Bread Sandwiches," and a relaxed interpretation of Miles Davis' "Solar," which finds Wright forming an acoustic piano trio with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Roy Haynes. Otherwise, this is an R&B album that is defined by such impressive funk as "Spinnin'," "Master Rocker," and the goofy but wildly infectious "Haboglabotribin'." Recorded when the keyboardist/pianist was only 16, 'Nard was expected to be a big hit, but surprisingly, didn't fare as well as albums by Browne and White.

Customer Reviews

Super Mega Crush!

I totally loved and love this album. I was a Bernard Wright fan as soon as I heard Music is the Key, then saw the album cover! :) At age 15, the album blew me away. It was cool to me, that a guy my age had such musicality and range... okay, and was a hottie. Master Rocker and Just Chillin' Out are also favorites. Its sad to read that this album is out of print. I still have my vinyl copy and consider it one of the best in my stacks of wax. :)

Kudos for the Master Rocker

I have been waiting for this to show up on iTunes like for 10 years now. A very rare gem. I still own the vinyl. The review is very accurate. It's too bad he didn't pan out from a career perspective but we have this early 80's funk/jazz/R&B. Title songs says it all..it's a Master Rocker. This is truly representative of some bright happen' jazz coming out from 1980 - 1983. My only complaint that the genre is wrong as this Jazz not Pop. I just can't enough of Bread Sandwiches with some serious bass riff and piano mix very much in the mode of Stanley Clarke with the Peaches of Dream piano solo (another great act that came out of this period). Truly a classic

YESSSSSSS!!

The music Gods have FINALLY gotten 'NARD up in this place!! lol If you love and know what funk is, then you know 'NARD. I've never been to Jamacia Queens before, but I know I've connected with the it's essence through the likes of Bernard Wight - see Tom Browne, Lenny White also! Y'all here in itunes should thank your Funky Stars for this album...I know I have!

Biography

Born: 1963 in Miami, FL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '80s

Keyboardist Bernard Wright seemed like a coming fusion and urban star when he toured with Lenny White at 13 and played with Tom Browne in 1979. He got such strong response that he was signed to GRP in 1981. But the LP 'Nard stalled, though there was good reaction among R&B and fusion fans to the single "Just Chillin' Out." It was followed by Funky Beat for Arista and Mr. Wright for Manhattan/EMI. Wright also co-wrote...
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