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With the exception of Bootsy, keyb-man Bernie Worrell has had more impact during his leaves from the Mothership than anyone in George Clinton’s posse. Bound to his instrument, Worrell’s got less presence than his freakier P-Funk brethren, but he has proved to be an invaluable sideman outside that circle—most notably as a key member of Talking Heads in the days when David Byrne’s paranoid world-funk represented the apex of American rock. As an influence, Worrell’s rhythm-wise approach to playing can be heard in Prince’s signature synth squiggles and John Medeski’s groove-jazz organ workouts. As a band leader, Worrell gets to the root of what makes jazz so funky and vice-versa (check out the Rahsaan Roland Kirk/Sun Ra medley on his excellent 1990 release, Funk of Ages). Worrell’s got a record in the bag with his new band, the Woo Warriors, that’s scheduled for release early next year. Perhaps they’ll preview tonight at 9 p.m. at the Capitol Ballroom, 1015 Half St. SE. $15. (202) 554-1500. (Brett Anderson)