Monday, June 27, 2016

Bernie Worrell RIP

Bernie Worrell, Toronto, April 1987

BERNIE WORRELL DIED THIS WEEKEND. I knew he was sick when I posted my first photos of him two months ago, but as ever we hope against the odds. The world is down one more interesting, utterly unique musician, and one who helped inform my musical worldview. It's been a bad year for that.

I only shot four frames of Bernie with my Mamiya C330 back in the spring of 1987, when he was passing through town with Anton Fier's Golden Palominos. I wish I'd taken more. I posted two in April; here are the last two, sitting at his keyboards after soundcheck at the El Mocambo. Rest in peace, Mr. Worrell.

Bernie Worrell, Toronto, April 1987

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