LATE ARRIVAL, Bernard's first cd release, combines a blend of smooth/funk/ contemporary jazz with additional influences from Brazilian jazz; Reggae, urban soul, and blues to produce a debut album that has drawn the attention of many smooth and contemporary jazz stations worldwide.
Bernard's Cd LATE ARRIVAL, has been featured several times on Rod Lucas' very popular Best Smooth Jazz show from London. In fact, one of Rod's top 3 most popular shows listed on iTunes (5/4/2013) begins with 'Late Arrival' this cd's title song. Late Arrival has also been featured on Wes George's popular JazzNet247 show (Europe). "High Steppin' received airplay as a featured tune of the month on the Swiss program "Swiss Grooves". Late Arrival has received radio airplay on 2 Chicago stations (WBEE 1570; V-103) and on stations in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and San Francisco. In 2015, SmoothJazz.com.pl, a popular new European jazz show, has aired music from LATE ARRIVAL (especially 'SUNSET IN THE WES'; ''LATE ARRIVAL'; and Sade's 'KEEP LOOKING'. 7 out of the 11 tunes are originals. Sunset In the Wes is Bernard's tribute to Wes Montgomery and has a latin/funk feel. Mr. G's tune is a reggae-jazz original: Sambrio is a Brazilian samba-style original. Moondance (Van Morrison) and Slow Hot Wind (Henry Mancini)receive jazzy performances; and the remaining tunes are "smooth jazz"/ R&B tunes.
Bernard's style has been compared favorably with the styles of Wes Montgomery and George Benson, two of his early influences. Other major jazz influences include: Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, "Cannonball" Adderly, and Horace Silver. Smooth Jazz and non-jazz influences include: Lee Ritenour, larry Carltion, George Duke, Stevie Wonder, earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, and Hugh Masekela.
Bernard's website, BernardAlcornMusic.com, contains bio, and media information plus music from LATE ARRIVAL and 2 additional cds ('A NEW DAY' & the most recent 'STAY TUNED').