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Stanley Clarke: Stanley Clarke Band: The Message

Read "Stanley Clarke Band: The Message" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Once upon a time, he was the enfant terrible of jazz bassists, whizz-kid of Chick Corea's Return to Forever. On his latest album, The Message, at the ripe old age of 66, Stanley Clarke is very much the elder statesman, standing back on the cover pic, arms crossed, letting the youngsters grab the limelight and not giving a damn. Open up the sleeve and there's Clarke again, besuited, sitting in a leather armchair, holding his electric bass, ...

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The Stanley Clarke Band At Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Read "The Stanley Clarke Band At Kuumbwa Jazz Center" reviewed by Walter Atkins

The Stanley Clarke Band Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA June 15, 2017 Preeminent bassist/composer Stanley Clarke and his talented band came to the welcoming and intimate environment of Santa Cruz's Kuumbwa Jazz Center for an enjoyable one night only date. The four time Grammy winner's band of young lions consisted of: pianist Beka Gochiashvili, drummer Mike Mitchell and keyboardist Caleb McCambell. Both sold out sessions were packed with appreciative and knowledgeable audiences.

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The Stanley Clarke Band: UP

Read "UP" reviewed by Walter Atkins

UP is the latest CD from the baddest bassist on the planet, Stanley Clarke. This is the first recording by the Stanley Clarke Band since the 2010 eponymous release The Stanley Clarke Band. The acclaimed bassist extraordinaire has handpicked an amazing list of guest musicians to play with The SCB. According to the official Stanley Clarke website, the four-time Grammy award winner is the “Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses." His UP album soundly supports this sobriquet.

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Stanley Clarke: The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection

Read "Stanley Clarke: The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

Stanley ClarkeThe Complete 1970s Epic Albums CollectionLegacy Recordings2012Legacy Recordings' recent spate of Complete Albums Collection box sets have righted a whole slew of wrongs by bringing long out-of-print recordings back in a reasonably priced and tidily collected series. They may be relatively light on production values--simple clamshell-style boxes, mini-LP cardboard sleeves, and booklets whose information, beyond detailed track and personnel listings, is largely dependent upon how much the artist has to say, ...

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Stanley Clarke: Path Maker

Read "Stanley Clarke: Path Maker" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Innovation is a cherished quality in any art form and, truth be told, some follow greatness while others create the patterns that make that same greatness possible. There are teachers, and then, there are students. In jazz, musicians skilled in all sorts of instruments tend to look at their older peers in amazement, and challenges within their very souls are triggered and fed by an almost supernatural need to be unique; for only those who manage to be unique will ...


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