STANLEY CLARKE — Stanley Clarke (review)

STANLEY CLARKE — Stanley Clarke album cover Album · 1974 · Fusion Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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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