STANLEY CLARKE

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Clarke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having graduated from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he moved to New York City in 1971 and began working with famous bandleaders and musicians including Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz and Al Di Meola.

Return to Forever During this period he joined the jazz fusion group Return to Forever led by pianist Chick Corea. The group became one of the most important fusion groups and released several successful and musically highly varied albums. Clarke also started his solo career in the early 1970s and released a number of albums under his own name. His most famous album is School Days (1976), which along with Jaco Pastorius's self-titled debut is held up as one of the greatest bass albums in the history of Jazz Fusion.

His albums Stanley Clarke (1974) and Journey to Love (1975) are also
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STANLEY CLARKE Discography

STANLEY CLARKE albums / top albums

STANLEY CLARKE Children of Forever album cover 4.26 | 8 ratings
Children of Forever
Fusion 1973
STANLEY CLARKE Stanley Clarke album cover 3.68 | 13 ratings
Stanley Clarke
Fusion 1974
STANLEY CLARKE Journey to Love album cover 3.59 | 11 ratings
Journey to Love
Fusion 1975
STANLEY CLARKE School Days album cover 4.29 | 16 ratings
School Days
Fusion 1976
STANLEY CLARKE Modern Man album cover 3.00 | 4 ratings
Modern Man
Funk Jazz 1978
STANLEY CLARKE I Wanna Play For You album cover 3.17 | 6 ratings
I Wanna Play For You
Funk Jazz 1979
STANLEY CLARKE Rocks, Pebbles and Sand album cover 2.87 | 6 ratings
Rocks, Pebbles and Sand
Funk Jazz 1980
STANLEY CLARKE Clarke Duke Project album cover 2.25 | 4 ratings
Clarke Duke Project
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1981
STANLEY CLARKE Stanley Clarke / Chick Corea / Joe Henderson / Freddie Hubbard / Lenny White ‎: The Griffith Park Collection album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Stanley Clarke / Chick Corea / Joe Henderson / Freddie Hubbard / Lenny White ‎: The Griffith Park Collection
Post Bop 1982
STANLEY CLARKE Let Me Know You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let Me Know You
Funk Jazz 1982
STANLEY CLARKE The Clarke / Duke Project II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clarke / Duke Project II
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1983
STANLEY CLARKE Time Exposure album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Time Exposure
Funk Jazz 1984
STANLEY CLARKE Find Out! album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Find Out!
Funk Jazz 1985
STANLEY CLARKE Hideaway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hideaway
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1986
STANLEY CLARKE Shieldstone (with Bill Shields) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shieldstone (with Bill Shields)
Fusion 1987
STANLEY CLARKE If This Bass Could Only Talk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
If This Bass Could Only Talk
Funk Jazz 1988
STANLEY CLARKE The Clarke/Duke Project Vol. 3 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Clarke/Duke Project Vol. 3
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1990
STANLEY CLARKE Passenger 57 (OST) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Passenger 57 (OST)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1992
STANLEY CLARKE East River Drive album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
East River Drive
Funk Jazz 1993
STANLEY CLARKE The Rite of Strings (feat. Al Di Meola & Jean-Luc Ponty) album cover 4.04 | 9 ratings
The Rite of Strings (feat. Al Di Meola & Jean-Luc Ponty)
World Fusion 1995
STANLEY CLARKE Jazz Straight Up album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Jazz Straight Up
Fusion 2001
STANLEY CLARKE The Transporter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Transporter
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2002
STANLEY CLARKE 1, 2, to the Bass album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
1, 2, to the Bass
Funk Jazz 2003
STANLEY CLARKE Standards album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Standards
Post Bop 2006
STANLEY CLARKE The Toys Of Men album cover 3.57 | 4 ratings
The Toys Of Men
Fusion 2007
STANLEY CLARKE S.M.V.:Thunder (with Miller and Wooten) album cover 3.55 | 4 ratings
S.M.V.:Thunder (with Miller and Wooten)
Funk Jazz 2008
STANLEY CLARKE Jazz in the Garden album cover 3.86 | 5 ratings
Jazz in the Garden
Post Bop 2009
STANLEY CLARKE The Stanley Clarke Band (feat. Hiromi, Ruslan Sirota and Ronald Bruner, Jr.) album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
The Stanley Clarke Band (feat. Hiromi, Ruslan Sirota and Ronald Bruner, Jr.)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2010
STANLEY CLARKE The Stanley Clarke Band : Up album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Stanley Clarke Band : Up
Fusion 2014
STANLEY CLARKE Stanley Clarke, Bireli Lagrène & Jean-Luc Ponty : D-Stringz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stanley Clarke, Bireli Lagrène & Jean-Luc Ponty : D-Stringz
Post Bop 2015
STANLEY CLARKE The Message album cover 3.52 | 2 ratings
The Message
Eclectic Fusion 2018

STANLEY CLARKE EPs & splits

STANLEY CLARKE live albums

STANLEY CLARKE The Griffith Park Collection 2 In Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Griffith Park Collection 2 In Concert
Fusion 1983
STANLEY CLARKE Implosions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Implosions
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1987
STANLEY CLARKE Stanley Clarke Live 1976-1977 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Stanley Clarke Live 1976-1977
Fusion 1991
STANLEY CLARKE Live at the Greek (feat. Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Deron Johnson & Najee) album cover 4.88 | 3 ratings
Live at the Greek (feat. Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Deron Johnson & Najee)
Fusion 1994
STANLEY CLARKE Freeway Jam Radio Broadcast 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Freeway Jam Radio Broadcast 1978
Fusion 2017
STANLEY CLARKE Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy - Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy - Live
Fusion 2017
STANLEY CLARKE Live 1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 1988
Fusion 2018

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STANLEY CLARKE Best of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of
Fusion 1976
STANLEY CLARKE The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
Funk Jazz 1990
STANLEY CLARKE At the Movies album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
At the Movies
Funk Jazz 1995
STANLEY CLARKE The Bass-ic Collection album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Bass-ic Collection
Funk Jazz 1997
STANLEY CLARKE Best: Hot Fun album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best: Hot Fun
Funk Jazz 1999
STANLEY CLARKE Original Album Classics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Album Classics
Fusion 2007
STANLEY CLARKE The Clarke / Duke Project :  Volumes I, II and III album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clarke / Duke Project : Volumes I, II and III
Fusion 2010
STANLEY CLARKE Time Exposure / Find Out!/Hideaway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Exposure / Find Out!/Hideaway
Fusion 2011
STANLEY CLARKE Original Album Classics (5CD) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Album Classics (5CD)
Funk Jazz 2012
STANLEY CLARKE The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection
Fusion 2012
STANLEY CLARKE The Essential Stanley Clarke album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential Stanley Clarke
Fusion 2015
STANLEY CLARKE Definitive Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Definitive Collection
Fusion 2017
STANLEY CLARKE Modern Man / I Wanna Play For You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Man / I Wanna Play For You
Funk Jazz 2017
STANLEY CLARKE Rocks, Pebbles And Sand / Let Me Know You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rocks, Pebbles And Sand / Let Me Know You
Fusion 2017

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STANLEY CLARKE Live at the Greek (feat. Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Deron Johnson & Najee)

Live album · 1994 · Fusion
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Despite being a jazz fusion fan, somehow I missed Live At The Greek way back when, so it was a treat to discover it. All the players here have pedigree: Stanley Clarke from Return To Forever, Larry Carlton from The Crusaders, Billy Cobham from The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Daron Johnson played with Miles Davis in the early '90s, and Najee, well know in smooth jazz circles, shows his fusion chops here. With this kind of talent, we should hope for something good, and fortunately, we've not been disappointed. The album starts unassumingly with a short (3:26) instrumental version of Minute By Minute, a Doobie Brothers song by Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams, which Carlton previously recorded as a studio instrumental. The next five tracks range from 5:20 to 14:02 minutes, and include three originals, plus Miles Davis' All Blues and Charles Mingus' Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, both being given the fusion treatment here. But the tour de force is a 21:33 minute version of Clarke's School Days. Clarke, Cobham and Carlton get the chance to really stretch out on this track, and the results are worth the price of admission. This would have been a great concert to attend!

STANLEY CLARKE S.M.V.:Thunder (with Miller and Wooten)

Album · 2008 · Funk Jazz
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Stanley Clarke. Marcus Miller. Victor Wooten.

If you know anything about jazz fusion, funk, or the electric bass, these men need no introduction. These three bassists - some of the best players alive - are responsible for revolutionizing the electric bass and demonstrating what the instrument is really capable of. So what happens if you stick all three of them into the same band? Let's find out.

After a brief symphonic intro in the opening track "Maestros De Frecuencias Bajas", your ears are greeted by a pounding, funky electric bass line and you know just what you're getting into. I would admittedly not consider most of the music on this album jazz fusion; it falls more into the realm of jazz-funk.

This record has a nice mix of original material as well as old favourites that are given the three-bass treatment. The title track, "Thunder", is probably the highlight of the album with its flashy playing and perfect interplay of basses. While most of the compositions here are strong, with so much emphasis on bass lines there seems to be a lack of strong, quality melodies. In addition, although the band seems to be trying to mix things up occasionally, the album could really benefit from even more diversity.

You wouldn't think that having three bassists in a band would sound natural, but these guys weave together flawlessly. By playing in different registers and taking on distinct roles, each bass part sounds crisp and the sound very rarely gets muddled up - something you might expect to happen when you throw so many low-range instruments into the mix. Each of the bassists takes turns alternating between traditional bass lines, lead playing, and soloing, and all three guys are exceptional at every role.

Don't be fooled into thinking that this album is entirely about bass, though; sure, it's the focus of the majority of the record, but it's not all that's here. There are a slew of guest and session musicians who contribute their expertise to this album as well, including fusion hero Chick Corea (who offers a great piano solo on "Mongoose Walk") and George Duke. Marcus Miller himself adds a plethora of instruments to this release, including bass clarinet, saxophone, and the much-loved minimoog.

If you're like me and love the electric bass, S.M.V.'s Thunder is a release you don't want to miss. If bass and jazz-funk is not something you're all that into, however, this record isn't going to do too much to change your mind despite the lineup and great concept. It has a few shortcomings, no doubt, but overall Thunder is a solid debut release.

(Originally published on progarchives.com)

STANLEY CLARKE Journey to Love

Album · 1975 · Fusion
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darkshade
Not as good as the previous album or following album, but still a good 70s fusion album, with a great lineup consisting of guys like George Duke, Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, Steve Gadd, and many more.

I'm not sure why this one isn't as good as the self-titled album, or School Days, since all the tunes here are high quality fusion. It's probably only because the two albums are just better; but this one is not to be overlooked.

The first track "Silly Putty" is probably the funkiest tune Clarke ever made, and the title track and "Hello Jeff" have some great playing from George Duke and Jeff Beck, who are masters of their instruments, as is Stanley himself. "Hello Jeff" is hard rockin' tune, almost sounds like it was lifted off of his own album "Blow By Blow" but with Clarke on bass.

The other half of the album consists of a tribute to John Coltrane, while good, is kind of just there. Not bad though. The album ends with the classical/jazz-fusion track, simply called "Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra". While good, Stanley Clarke did a similar thing with his previous album, and follow up album, and did it better on those two albums. Still good, though.

Get this one after you get the other two Clarke albums mentioned in this review. This one is still good, and well worth it for the 70s jazz-fusion collector.

STANLEY CLARKE School Days

Album · 1976 · Fusion
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darkshade
One of Stanley Clarke's best albums. By 1976, jazz-fusion was starting blend with the oncoming trend of disco, or it was beginning to mean "smooth jazz". But at this point, there was still good fusion coming out, and Stanley Clarke released School Days. The title track is a fusion classic, and one of Clarke's more famous bass lines. There is a hint of disco influence on that one (or is it the other way around?), but it's more because it's fast and funky. The melodies are well developed, and you can kind of hear Clarke's influence in Return To Forever when you hear this album, or the previous two solo albums of his. A favorite of mine is "Hot Fun", a short funky little number, with some nice funky horns, but the best thing about this album is probably the final "Life Is Just A Game", a jazz-rock suite that goes from orchestrated movements, to technically impressive jazz-fusion, showing off the band's chops, particularly Clarke's. This one, along with the previous two solo albums, are his best solo albums, and essential for any real collector of 70s jazz-fusion. Not to be missed.

STANLEY CLARKE Stanley Clarke

Album · 1974 · Fusion
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darkshade
Stanley Clarke's self-titled album is a fusion classic. When you pop this one in, you might think you accidentally put a Return To Forever album on, but it's ok. There's some reprises of some RTF material, but played differently. I like that some of the material here has been played by RTF, particularly "Lopsy Lu", which is one of Clarke's best known tunes. Great driving shuffle rhythm. You can't not expect great bass playing on this album, and with a lineup consisting of Stanley Clarke on bass, Jan Hammer on keys, legendary drummer Tony Williams, and one-time Return To Forever guitarist Bill Connors, you're almost guaranteed a great jazz-fusion outing. This is not an album to miss if you're a serious jazz-fusion collector, this is one of the best of the 70s, along with the two Stanley Clarke albums that followed this one. Any fan of Return to Forever needs this album, it's like an extension of the jazz-rock work they did.

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