Earlier this year, funk fans everywhere mourned the loss of Bernie Worrell. The elite keyboard player cut his jib with Parliament Funkadelic, and later found success with the Talking Heads and many more exciting projects. Though he suffered from cancer in his final days, Worrell maintained a positive spirit, working with musicians whenever he had the strength.

One of Bernie Worrell’s final projects was with the Joe Marcinek Band, working on their upcoming album Slink. Due out on December 9th via Hitman Records, the album sees Marcinek collaborate with greats like Joey Porter (The Motet), Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Pete Koopmans (Family Groove Company), Nicholas Gerlach (Turbo Suit) and Gabriel Mervine (The Motet).

Worrell had previously toured with Joe Marcinek, and the two had discussed recording together, but unfortunately Worrell’s condition left him unable to physically attend the sessions in Colorado. However, one track was in need of a keyboard melody part. Marcinek sent over the tape to Worrell, who recorded a lead melody at his home studio back in March. After Worrell’s death just a few months later, the track become a living tribute and earned the title, “Bernie”.

“It was such an honor to know and work with Bernie and I am forever grateful for the time spent together,” said Marcinek. “Not only a remarkable musician and a genius innovator of the keyboards. He was a loving giving human being who left everyone he met a better person.” In honor of Worrell, we’re beyond honored to exclusively share the Joe Marcinek’s newest song, “Bernie”. Enjoy it below.

Joe Marcinek Band Tour Dates

11.30.16 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
12.1.16 Redstone Room – Davenport, IA
12.2.16 House Pub – St Charles, IL
12.3.16 Beachview Motel – Burlington, WI
12.8.16 IPA – Greenville, SC
12.9.16 Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC
12.10.16 Good Ol Days – Cumming, GA
12.14.16 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
12.15.16 Tonic Room – Chicago, IL
12.16.16 Buddy & Pals – Schererville, IN
12.17.18 Cranky Pats – Neenah, WI
12.18.16 Founders Taproom – Grand Rapids, MI
1.8.17 Charleston Pour House
1.13.17 The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL