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Beth Custer, rrrreeds, Will Berrrrrnard, guitar: they’re GREAT!!!! (Lytton Plaza, Palo Alto, September, 2021)

 

1st time I met Will Bernard was on Telegraph in Berkeley. He was sitting in with Alphabet Soup, whose cd I had. I approached him to get their contact info and he said that no one in that set was actually in the band, they were all subs.

2nd time I met Will, his quartet opened for Medeski Martin and Wood at The Cubberley Community Center, July, 1996, which is 25 years ago, nearly 26.

45th or 46th time I met Will Bernard, he and Beth Custer played my music series at Lytton Plaza. We had Thai food after the show.

Today I get word that Will Bernard has released a new album, his 11th*. It’s called Pond Time. I listenened to two sampler tracks, “Lake of Greater Remnants” and “Four Is More” although I may not have gotten the full effect because I am in a cafe and they have their own music going. Actually, I heard three minutes of “Four is More” about three hours ago then a guy came to my table and wanted to talk to me — or us, me and Duffy, a dog on my lap — about the word or concept of “superfan”.  So I just now heard the last minute or two of “Four is More” and then the 2nd song in entirety. Plus the background noise, or more background noise I should say.

This set has a horn section or a reeds player — I will skip my anecdote about he or them. Also, Will will be out west — he goes between Brooklyn and Berkeley — later this year with Jenny Scheinman. He also did something with TJ Kirk, a secret reunion in Berkeley recently. Not sure if I knew much about Monk before “TJ Kirk” — certainly I had never heard of Rashaan Roland Kirk.

This cd is on Dreck to Disk. Which dear reader can assume is a better label than Lions With Wings. Let’s all give a rouse or a roar for Mr. Bernard.

*All Music dot com lists 174 credits but some of those are redundant. 

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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