Will Bernard: Magpie
Will Bernard (guitar)
Blue Plate Special (Palmetto 2137)
Andy Hess (bass), Stanton Moore (drums).
Composed by Will Bernard.
Recorded: Buck's County, PA, January 22-24, 2008
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Taken at a fast tempo, “Magpie”’s jittery melody features a break that sets up a pyramid-like line. The whole band lays down a furiously funky groove, but the screaming organ riffs of Medeski sometimes covers up Bernard’s adept guitar solo. This is nonetheless a tight-knit group, and the intensely greasy solo by Medeski is fun to hear. His organ settings seem centered in hard rock, then altered by a phaser effect that adds a jolt to the notes from the middle range. Once the swirling of the Leslie stops, one is still shaking after Medeski’s powered-up jam on this track.
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz