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Bernie Game

by Bernie Kenerson

The second CD release from an experienced world-class virtuoso of the AKAI EWI 4000s, this recording showcases the electric wind Instrument as a lead voice in contemporary Jazz. Come and listen to the future.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Bernie Game
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2. Cloudless Sky
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3. Candles And Wine
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4. Well You Needn't
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5. Chillin' Out
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6. I'll Remember This Day
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7. Winds Of Worship
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8. Giant Jobim
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9. Queen Of My Heart
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10. Undun
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11. Candles And Wine (Radio Edit)
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12. Bernie Game (Radio Edit)
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Album Notes
Presenting Bernie Game (The Art of the EWI), the newest release on his own Bernup label, Bernie Kenerson brings listeners a contemporary Jazz/Groove record with innovation at its core. The foremost authority of the AKAI EWI 4000s (that’s synth heaven for horn players), Kenerson has been progressing as an electric wind instrumentalist for 30 years now—and it shows.

Bernie Game showcases the chops of a veteran jazzer composing with a maturity not often heard in contemporary “electric” Jazz. Kenerson explains, “I definitely came of age as a player during the ‘fusion revolution’ era of the 70s, and you’ll hear that influence both in my playing and in my composition. But what I took away most from that music was its accessibility ~ everyone can dig it! I think that’s a quality we’re starting to see again in contemporary Jazz, and I’m doing what I can to turn people on to some new, funky sounds.”

Funky, indeed! Kenerson’s virtuosic command of the EWI assures us that it is far from novelty or gimmick—this is a serious player with a unique voice that does more than make a statement; listeners fortunate enough to hear what Bernie Game has to offer will undoubtedly ask, “More, please?”

HIs new CD release “Bernie Game” (The Art of the EWI) is set to take the Smooth Jazz world by storm. There are 8 new originals and 2 surprise covers that are some of the smoothest and jazziest to hit in awhile. In Bernie’s hands the EWI seems like it was made for Smooth Jazz. At a recent show in Charleston, South Carolina a new fan was heard saying, “I love the sound of the EWI. It like, massaged my brain.” For the newest smooth and sophisticated sounds in jazz check out the new CD “Bernie Game” from world-class EWI master Bernie Kenerson.



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We are pleased to welcome the latest from multi-instrumentalist, Bernie Kenerson, BERNIE GAME – The Art of the EWI. Dedicated to the graceful energy of the Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI) Bernie presents 12 new tracks that create a Smooth, Contemporary Jazz venture. I enjoy the depth and passion of his compositions combined with the free spirit of his playing… The EWI is so retro it’s cool and in fact, Bernie uses elements of hip hop and jazz on songs like “Candle and Wine” to create a very sophisticated yet modern vibe. On his website he says, “I'm very influenced by the last fifty years of jazz… Bird, Coltrane, Miles, Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter and Smooth Jazz the likes of David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Tom Scott, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Najee, Kenny G, Boney James, George Howard, George Benson, Gato Barbieri, John Klemmer and The Yellowjackets.” While his EWI playing is mainly inspired by “Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Joe Zawinul, Tom Schuman, Jan Hammer Bob Mintzer and Michael Brecker.” Bernie Kenerson is a jazz musician’s jazz musician… he’s keeping the dream alive and in perfecting the art of the EWI, he’s managed to capture classic, contemporary and smooth in one outing on this new winning collection, BERNIE GAME. For our friends in radio, check the edit of “Bernie Game” for your playlist. My favorite may be the melancholy glide, “I’ll Remember This Day,” but the entire collection is really what makes the light shine. Game on, Bernie!