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Party Hats

  • 1. Share the Sea
    2. White Elephant Sale
    3. Ripple Sole
    4. Leo's Cat
    5. Party Hats
    6. Afro Sheen
    7. Chin Up
    8. Newbie
    9. Folding Green
    10. Rattle Trap
    11. Penske
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2123

  • Credits
    ProducerWill Bernard
    EngineerBond Bergland

    Personnel: Will Bernard (guitar); Peter Apfelbaum (melodica, tenor saxophone); Cochemea Gastelum (alto saxophone); Joe Cohen (tenor saxophone); Mike Olmos (trumpet); Adam Theis (trombone); Michael Bluestein (electric piano); Paul Spina, Jan Jackson (drums); Josh Jones (percussion).
    Recording information: San Pablo Recorders, Berkeley, CA.
    Contemporary fusion guitarist Will Bernard always has his fingers in a lot of stylistic pies, and the music on 2007's PARTY HATS proves no exception. But while Bernard shows an inclination for post-bop, avant garde, and film music, his greatest allegiance is to funky, good-time grooves, and PARTY HATS shows no deficit thereof. Bernard and his sterling band have chops to spare, and the level of high-minded improvisation is dazzling throughout. But the music, which stays grounded in New Orleans roots, Blaxploitation riffs, and greasy R&B workouts, is never so cerebral as to leave the dancefloor.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (p.7) - "[The album] showcases Bernard's technical proficiency, while accentuating his ever-improving songwriting skills."
    Down Beat (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On 'Folding Green' and 'Rattle Trap,' hints at funk are loose and bluesy, propelled by Wil Blades' surprisingly humble Hammond B-3 touches."
    JazzTimes (p.93) - "[Bernard's] phrasing is amiable and fluid. His tone is reminiscent of Melvin Sparks but his arrangements manage to remain distinct."
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