Bernard Wright'Nard

Label:Arista GRP – GRP 5011
Vinyl, LP, Album, Pitman Pressing
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Jazz-Funk, Funk, Disco


A1Master Rocker
DrumsMike Flythe
Electric BassMarcus Miller
Electric GuitarBobby Broom
Lead VocalsAl "Wink" Flythe*, Pat Heaven
Written-ByWeldon Irvine
Written-By, Arranged By, Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Rhodes], Clavinet, Lead VocalsBernard Wright
Written-By, Electric GuitarRonnie Miler*
A2Firebolt Hustle
DrumsHoward Grate
Electric BassBarry "Sunjon" Johnson*
PercussionCrusher Bennett*
Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer [Obx]Bernard Wright
Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Horns, Arranged ByAl "Wink" Flythe*
Written-ByHarold Grate*
Written-By, Electric Guitar, Arranged ByHenry "Hanky" Grate Jr.*
Backing VocalsDesiré White*, Sheri Snyder
DrumsDennis Chambers
Electric BassMarcus Miller
Electric GuitarKevin Oliver*
Electric Piano [Rhodes]Dave Grusin
Piano [Acoustic], Melodica, Synthesizer [Obx], Clavinet, Arranged ByBernard Wright
Written-By, Words By, Music By, Arranged By, Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Rhodes], Lead Vocals, Backing VocalsDon Blackman
Choir [Vocal Group]Pat Heaven
DrumsHoward Grate
Electric BassMarcus Miller
Electric GuitarRonald Miller*
Electric Guitar, Arranged ByHenry "Hanky" Grate Jr.*
Lead Vocals, Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Rhodes], Clavinet, Synthesizer [Obx], Choir [Vocal Group]Bernard Wright
Synthesizer [Obx]Dave Grusin
Written-By, Horns, Choir [Vocal Group], Arranged ByAl "Wink" Flythe*
B1Just Chillin' Out
DrumsCharley Drayton
Electric GuitarBobby Broom, Ronald Miller*
Lyrics By, Arranged By, Piano [Acoustic], Clavinet, Backing Vocals, Voice [Street Rap Backgrounds]Bernard Wright
Lyrics By, Lead Vocals, Backing VocalsBarry "Sunjon" Johnson*
Lyrics By, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Voice [Street Rap Backgrounds]Al "Wink" Flythe*
Synthesizer [Obx]Dave Grusin
Voice [Street Rap Backgrounds]Greg Fraction, Mike Flythe, Rick Matthews (3), Steve Teele, Ted Matthews
Written-By, Music By, Arranged By, Electric BassMarcus Miller
B2Bread Sandwiches
Drums [Set #1]Charley Drayton
Drums [Set #2]Mike Flythe
Electric PianoRonald Miller*
Written-ByDenzel A. Miller Jr.*
Written-By, Electric BassSteve Teele
Written-By, Electric Piano [Yamaha Cp-80, Rhodes], Piano [Acoustic], Clavinet, Synthesizer [Obx], Arranged ByBernard Wright
B3Music Is The Key
Backing VocalsLuther Vandross, Patti Austin
DrumsBuddy Williams
Electric Bass, Arranged ByMarcus Miller
Electric GuitarBobby Broom
Electric Guitar, Guitar SynthesizerRonald Miller*
Lead Vocals, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Piano [Acoustic]Bernard Wright
PercussionCrusher Bennett*
Synthesizer [Obx]Dave Grusin
Written-By, Music ByTommy Smith (4), Weldon Irvine
B4We're Just The Band
DrumsHoward Grate
Electric Bass, Choir [Vocal Group]Barry "Sunjon" Johnson*
Horns, Choir [Vocal Group], Arranged ByAl "Wink" Flythe*
Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer [Obx], Choir [Vocal Group]Bernard Wright
Written-By, Electric Guitar, Arranged ByHenry "Hanky" Grate Jr.*
Acoustic BassBuster Williams
DrumsRoy Haynes
Piano [Acoustic]Bernard Wright
Written-ByMiles Davis

Companies, etc.



Personal management: P.O. Box 38, St. Albens, N.Y. 11412

"Master Rocker" Ron Miller Music/ASCAP - "Firebold Hustle " Firebolts Publishing Co./ASCAP - "Haboglabotribin'" Nodlew Music/BMI - "Spinnin'" Nodlew Music/BMI - "Just Chillin' Out" Sunset Burgundy Inc./ASCAP - "Bread Sandwiches" Ola's Kid Music, Roaring Fork Music/BMI, Pure Love Music/ASCAP and Nodlew Music/BMI - "Music Is The Key" Nodlew Music/BMI - "We're Just The Band" Firebolts Publishing Co./ASCAP - "Solar" Prestige Music/BMI

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1: Runout, Hand Etched, Stamped): GRP 5011 SA CP2 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2: Runout, Hand Etched, Stamped): GRP 5011 SB T STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1: Runout, Hand Etched, Stamped (Variant 1)): GRP 5011 SA CP1 STERLING
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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'Nard (LP, Album)GRPGRP 5011Germany1981
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'Nard (LP, Album)Arista203 895Brazil1981
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'Nard (LP, Album)Arista GRP25RS-122Japan1981
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'Nard (LP, Album, Santa Maria Pressing)Arista GRPGRP 5011US1981
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'Nard (LP, Album, Stereo, Santa Maria Pressing)Arista GRPGRP 5011US1981



  • BIGGBYRDDOGG327's avatar
    I'm mad because there's no reissue CD Version of 'Nard releasedin the USA, Do better than this Arista and Grp, and honor The Late Bernard Wright's Musical Legacy.
    • HamzaMadinina's avatar
      Where is Don Blackman in the credits ? He wrote haboglabotribin...
      • nadabrahma's avatar
        RIP 'Nard', 16 November, 1963 - 19 May 2022. Bless you man.
        • leavingharvard's avatar
          Album hit the billboard charts the week of March 14, 1981 (#190).
          • dylaf's avatar
            Edited one year ago
            'We have been very lucky over the past few years to have introduced some very excellent new young talents, but there is none so young and talented as Bernard. He is just 16 years old, in high school, and played like he has been on the scene for more years than he is old'.

            From the inner sleeve notes by Dave & Larry.

            So there you have it; even more astounding than the music, is the realisation Nard' was just a 16 year old boy when he cut this LP.

            And no doubt, he was jus 'Chillin Out' 😎♫♪

            • REENO's avatar
              No reason not to adore this album. It's is jazz/funk of the highest caliber, as were most LP's released by GRP records 1980-1984.
              • Risingson's avatar
                This and Weldon Irvine's "Sinbad" were my main two treasures discovered when I start to dig in the blog era. This one has an impressive lineup of musicians (Marcus Miller! Dave Grusin!), of composers (Weldon Irvine! Don Blackman!) and the energy of them all gathered and put together by the then very young Bernard Wright. All catchy songs that all were sampled and covered to death in a very fun disco/funk/whatever album that never stops being uplifting.
                • jordan-23's avatar
                  Only 2 write ups on this album, and none in the past 6 years? This is a must own album that covers multiple genres. It is a staple and document to West Coast hip hop. Side A alone has 3 very recognized samples used by the likes of Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Skee Lo. Aside from that, there is the funk-boogie classic Just Chillin Out, which in retrospect is an answer to Tom Browne's Jamaica Funk. I buy any copy of this record I see. Nuff said.
                  • Sturks412's avatar
                    A fantastic disco/boogie/funk outing the whole way through! Features the infamous sample used for Skee-Lo - I Wish
                    • djcastro's avatar
                      This album is totally slept on! Just found my third copy this past weekend for a $1!


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