Bernard Alcorn | Late Arrival

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Late Arrival

by Bernard Alcorn

A blend of soulful, smooth, Jazz guitar musings with influences pulling from Reggae and Brazilian Jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Love Of My Life
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2. Mr. G's Tune
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3. Keep Looking
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4. I Believe In You and Me
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5. Sunset in the Wes
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6. High Steppin'
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7. Moondance
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8. Slow Hot Wind
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9. Late Arrival
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10. Sambrio
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11. How Does It Feel?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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LATE ARRIVAL is certainly an appropriate title for Chicago guitarist BERNARD ALCORN's first CD release. Although he has been playing professionally for over 20 years, involvement in another career kept him away from a total commitment to music. Having earned a degree in psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, he worked as a social worker and vocational rehabilitation counselor for several years before becoming a full time musician.

Bernard plays regularly around the Chicago area. He played monthly for several years at Andy's Jazz Club, one of Chicago's premeir jazz clubs known throughout the world. Bernard also played at DePaul University's Chicago Music Mart, a popular concert/performance venue. He played for 1 year in a cafe on Chicago's popular Rush St. He plays at several private/civic events each year. Bernard has recently toured the Midwest, playing in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Jazz ("both straight-ahead" and "smooth-jazz) is the label often used to describe Bernard's music. However, like many versatile artists, his music mixes other styles. "I've also been influenced by funk/R&B (e.g. Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind and Fire) Brazillian Music, Raggae, Latin, Afro-pop and Blues."

Bernard's Cd LATE ARRIVAL, has been featured several times on Rod Lucas' very popular Best Smooth Jazz show from London and 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, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Portland (OR), San Francisco and Grand Rapids (MI). 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 include: Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, "Cannonball" Adderly, and Horace Silver. Smooth Jazz and non-jazz influences include: Lee Ritenour, larry Carltion, Stevie Wonder, earth Wind & Fire and Hugh Masekela.

Bernard's music background includes developing his skills at jazz jam sessions and playing in organ trios and in quartets that he led or co-led. However, being an early advocate of MIDI technology, he learned to program music sequencers to get full background accompianiment for his original arrangements of standards/cover tunes and his own tunes. For over 12 years, Bernard has received favorable and positive audience response to his solo performances utilizing the MIDI technology.


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alesha

crowford
a gutair is a good insterment

Kevin Wilson

I play jazz guitar love the great Burrell, Benson Wes I B.A. a topper

Rod Lucas

Late Arrival - right on time
Bernard's music is a smooth soulful mix of mellow guitar vibes that slip superbly into those intimate loving moods, dinner parties and when you want to lift the atmosphere anywhere. I love to play Bernard's music on my syndicated radio program across Europe as well as privately in my car and just chilling out with friends. His music does the soul good.

Bernard's music is effortless to listen to, it's lush and creamy with a twist lemon and ice with no unwanted gear changes between tracks. Keywords I'd say are mellow, soft, summer, light, interesting, relaxing and different. His music can be played over and over again. Quality musician with super song writing skills.



Rod Lucas
Host 'Best Smooth Jazz'

www.BestSmoothJazz.com

Watch and listen to the video of program anytime

Jan in Myrtle Beach, SC

Beautiful smooth jazz!
Certainly glad that this CD has arrived...better late than not at all. This is pure talent. I'll be following this artist for more!