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Photos from the Bernie Worrell Orchestra Concert, April 13 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-16 16:07:18

Photos from the Bernie Worrell Orchestra concert (with Jaik Willis) at RIBCO on April 13, 2013. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com.


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“I’ve Got to Be Free”: Bernie Worrell Orchestra, April 13 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-10 18:59:09

Bernie Worrell. Photo by Brian Diescher.Plenty of musicians talk a good game about loving many types of music. Bernie Worrell lives it.

“I play it all,” he said in a recent phone interview. “I’ll play a Jewish chant. A Gregorian chant. A chant in the middle of a rock piece. I’ll go to India. I’ll go to Africa. All in one piece.”

A brief sketch of his career should suffice as an illustration. He was a piano prodigy who wrote a concerto at eight and two years later performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra. He studied at Julliard and the New England Conservatory of Music. He was music director and bandleader for soul singer Maxine Brown before becoming a central figure in Parliament-Funkadelic, with whom he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He recorded and toured with the Talking Heads and has worked with experimental artists including Bill Laswell and the super-group Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains. In 2011, he released an album of jazz standards.

As the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote in a review of his 1993 album Blacktronic Science: “Bernie Worrell explores the possibilities of 21st Century funk with blithe disregard for boundaries. Bach, hip-hop, organ-trio jazz – it’s one big canvas for this virtuoso ... .”

“I get bored quick,” Worrell said. “I’ve got to be free, man. ... I will be free.”


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Ride It ’Til the Wheels Fall Off: Nikki Hill, January 26 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-01-22 22:58:00

Nikki HillBased on her vocal confidence and itinerary, it’s hard to believe that Nikki Hill is by her own admission a neophyte on the music scene.

She began singing in the church choir in her native North Carolina when she was six or seven, but her tenure as a performing and touring rock-and-roll artist is considerably shorter – basically less than a year. Yet she co-produced and released her self-titled debut EP last year on her own label, she’s planning a spring release of some sort, and this spring and summer she’ll be playing in Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Spain. On Saturday, she’ll be performing at RIBCO, and while you might not have heard of Hill, she’s doing her damnedest to change that.

“I’m kind of in that ride-it-’til-the-wheels-fall-off mode,” the 28-year-old said in a phone interview last week.


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Drawing Hope from a Shot in the Dark: A Benefit for Rob Cimmarusti, January 11 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-01-03 19:25:11

Rob Cimmarusti working on an audio-equipment installation at Progressive Baptist Church in Davenport on January 4, 2013.

Rob Cimmarusti calls it a “malady” – a gentle label for the cancer he’s been told will kill him in the next few months.

But that term is a fair reflection of the attitude the longtime Quad Cities musician, producer, and sound engineer has about the adenocarcinoma that began in his pancreas and has since popped up in the fatty tissue near his abdominal wall. He received his initial cancer diagnosis on February 1 (his 53rd birthday) and has been through chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgeries. In an interview last week, he compared the present state of his tumors to a “shotgun blast”; there are too many of them to target with additional surgery or radiation, and because they’re in tissues that get relatively little blood, they don’t respond well to chemo.

Cimmarusti conceded that his situation is “not good, not hopeful.” A few months ago, he said, a doctor in Iowa City told him: “Get your affairs in order. It’s going to be a matter of months.” His response was to fight: “We’re like, ‘Well, we’re not going to take that.’”


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The Stooges Cut with Joy Division: The Swayback, October 13 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2012-09-28 11:44:54

The Swayback

There’s something strange about the Colorado-based band The Swayback.

It’s not that the quartet – which will perform at RIBCO on October 13 – does anything particularly unusual or fresh with its music. It’s that with a basic guitar, bass, drum, and vocal foundation and accessible songs, the band has a clear, distinctive, and authoritative voice. Through conviction, chops, and polish, the Swayback enlivens modern-, classic-, and hard-rock formulas – and influences and references – without really altering them. It’s workmanlike in the best sense.


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