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ARTIST
TITLE
'Nard
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
GRP 5011LP GRP 5011LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/5/2010

Exact repro reissue, originally released in 1981. "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'." -- All Music Guide