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Stanley Clarke

A brilliant player on both acoustic and electric basses, Stanley Clarke has spent much of his career outside of jazz, although he has the ability to play jazz with the very best. He played accordion as a youth, switching to violin and cello before settling on bass. He worked with R&B and rock bands in high school, but after moving to New York he worked with Pharoah Sanders in the early '70s. Other early gigs were with Gil Evans, Mel Lewis, Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, and Art Blakey; everyone was impressed by his talents. However, Clarke really hit the big time when he started teaming up with Chick Corea in Return to Forever. When the group became a rock-oriented fusion quartet, Clarke mostly emphasized electric bass and became an influential force, preceding Jaco Pastorius. But, starting with his School Days album (1976) and continuing through his funk group with George Duke (the Clarke/Duke Project) and his projects writing movie scores, Stanley Clarke largely moved beyond the jazz world into commercial music, notable exceptions during the '80s and '90s including his 1988 Portrait album If This Bass Could Only Talk and his 1995 collaboration with Jean-Luc Ponty and Al DiMeola on the acoustic The Rite of Strings.

Clarke signed with Sony in the early 21st century, releasing Find Out and 1, 2, to the Bass before leaving the label. In 2006 he recorded Standards for the independent Kind of Blue imprint, an innovative -- even radical -- live-to-two-track, no-overdub set with drummer Leon "Ndugu" Chancler and pianist Patrice Rushen. In 2007 Clarke released the double album Toys of Men, his debut for Heads Up Records, as well as a live DVD entitled Night School: An Evening with Stanley Clarke & Friends. In 2008 he reunited with Return to Forever for a second time, for an acclaimed tour that produced a live album and DVD. In 2010 he released The Stanley Clarke Band on Heads Up/Concord. The band included Japanese pianist Hiromi, keyboardist Ruslan Sirota, drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr., and a slew of guest performers.

In 2012 Clarke went to Paris, France to participate in a celebration of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty's 50th anniversary as a recording artist. He joined Ponty and guitarist Biréli Lagrène in one of the trios that were part of the evening's festivities. Neither Ponty nor Clarke had played with the guitarist before that evening. The musical conversation proved electrifying for the players and audience. Two years later, the trio entered ICP Studios in Brussels and recorded an album over four days. Entitled D-Stringz, it was released by Impulse! in November of 2015. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rocks Pebbles & Sand/Let Me Know You

1. Danger Street

2. All Hell Broke Loose

3. Rocks, Pebbles And Sand

4. Underestimation

5. You/Me Together

6. We Supply

8. Straight To The Top

9. Let Me Know You

10. You Are The One For Me

11. I Just Want To Be Your Brother

12. The Force Of Love

13. Play The Bass

14. Secret To My Heart

15. New York City

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Track List: The Stanley Clarke Band

1. Soldier

2. Fulani

3. Here's Why Tears Dry

4. I Wanna Play For You Too

5. Bass Folk Song No.10

6. No Mystery

7. How Is The Weather Up There?

8. Larry Has Traveled 11 Miles And Waited A Lifetime For The Return Of Vishnu's Report

9. Labyrinth

10. Sonny Rollins

11. Bass Folk Song No.6 (Mo Anam Cara)

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Track List: Jazz In The Garden

1. Paradigm Shift (Election Day 2008)

2. Sakura Sakura

3. Sicilian Blue

4. Take The Coltrane

5. 3 Wrong Notes

6. Someday My Prince Will Come

7. Isotope

8. Bass Folk Song, No. 5&6

9. Global Tweak

10. Solar

11. Brain Training

12. Under The Bridge

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Track List: Bass Days

2. Future Shock

3. Speedball

4. School Days

5. Journey To Love

6. Hot Fun

7. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

8. Funk Is Its Own Reward

9. Wild Dog

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Track List: 1, 2, To The Bass

1. 1, 2, To The Bass (feat. Q-Tip)

2. Simply Said

4. Anna (She Loves The Good Life)

5. Los Caballos (The Horses)

7. 'Bout The Bass

8. Hair

9. Touch

11. I Shall Not Be Moved

12. Shanti

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Track List: If This Bass Could Only Talk

1. If This Bass Could Only Talk

2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

3. I Want To Play For Ya

4. Stories To Tell

5. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)

6. Workin' Man

7. Tradition

8. Come Take My Hand

9. Bassically Taps

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Track List: Time Exposure

1. Play The Bass 10

2. Are You Ready (For The Future)

3. Speedball

4. Heaven Sent You

5. Time Exposure

6. Future Schock

7. Future

8. Spacerunner

9. I Know Just How You Feel

10. Heaven Sent You (12" MIX)

11. Heaven Sent You (7" MIX)

12. Are You Ready (For The Future)(12" MIX)

13. Speedball (12" MIX)

14. Future (12" MIX)

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Track List: I Wanna Play For You

1. I Wanna Play For You

2. Just A Feeling

3. The Streets Of Philadelphia

4. Together Again

5. Blues For Mingus

6. Strange Weather

7. Quiet Afternoon

8. Rock 'N' Roll Jelly

9. Jamaican Boy

10. My Greatest Hits

11. School Days

12. Hot Fun-Closing

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Track List: School Days

1. School Days

2. Quiet Afternoon

3. The Dancer

4. Desert Song

5. Hot Fun

6. Life Is Just A Game

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Track List: Journey To Love

1. Silly Putty

2. Journey To Love

3. Hello Jeff

4. Song To John (Part 1)

5. Song To John (Part 2)

6. Concerto For Jazz/ Rock Orchestra

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Track List: Stanley Clarke

1. Vulcan Princess

2. Yesterday Princess

3. Lopsy Lu

4. Power

5. Spanish Phases For Strings & Bass

6. Life Suite

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Track List: Children Of Forever

1. Children Of Forever

2. Unexpected Days

3. Bass Folk Song

4. Butterfly Dreams

5. Sea Journey

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Track List: George Duke / The Clarke / Duke Project 3

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Track List: The Toys Of Men

1. The Toys Of Men

2. Come On

3. Jerusalem

4. Back In The Woods

5. All Over Again

6. Hmm Hmm

7. Bad Asses

8. Game

9. La Cancion De Sofia

10. El Bajo Negro

11. Broski

12. Chateauvallon (Dedicated To Tony Williams)

13. Bass Folk Song No.6

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Stanley Clark...Verd e e n White....Mar c u s Miler....are my favorite Bassist...3 of the greats and there are many....Thei r music just thumps all the time I listen to their strings playing
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He is the ultimate bassist. Many copy but cannot compare.
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ebouler3
Da world's greatest bassist by far!! Sorry Marcus, Wayman n Charnett but Stanley set da tone n paved da way. Chek out his otha sh$;@&!!
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#masterbassp l a y e r !
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philippepelu s o
You want to see Masters playing with S. Clarke, check this concert excerpt:

https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = J i x f z s Q W Z 8 c
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COOL FRENCHY

What can you say about Stanley Clarke that has not been set please my hero a double bass player killer master on electric until I saw him live with Return to Forever I thought he was doing the electric line on acoustic and vice a versa but he's also a brilliant writer and this silly putty is one funky funky tune I grew up with this also my peers and I thank you Stanley
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kbrown1359
Outstanding!
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Thunder Thumbs THE Man THE Myth THE GENUIS What Joy YOU Have Brought ME THANK YOU
When ALL My high School Friends were Listening to rock I found fusion and I listened wow you never let your soulful sound lag as you ventured into so many styles it has been fun in the moment to listen and feel the great adventure of music muchas gracias
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rainbowkidst i e d y e
I recently decided to play bass this guy is one of my heroes along with victor wooten
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funlifekd
You make beautiful music.
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Great stuff!
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Love this!!!
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LOVED ALL OF YOUR SOUNDS, I DID MY HOMEWORK BY YOUR MUSIC,IN DORM 4 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE FROM 1975 TO 1990, SMOKING A DUB
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impossible the things this cat does...only victor wooten in his class
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Rocks Pebbles and Sand....
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One thing a bout clarke he just a bout always bring the funk. Hes the quickest slickest basses*hes the man.
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Hey! Why is there no mention of Vertú?
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Enjoy your style of music keep it coming helen
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johnmalone91 5
Return to Forever �� Returns
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He's been my bass hero since 1977, when I started playing the electric bass in junior high stage band. He and Eddie Gomez! They were my main inspirationa l players...
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There will never be a more amazing bassist than Mr Stanley Clarke
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My son adore stanly
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I've listened to Stanley since early 70's,there is no one like him.
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Yes indeed, awesome! Now this tune SCHOOL DAYS surely takes me back to some cool moments past! Thank GOD 4 music & extraordinar y musicians as Stanley Clarke! : )
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STILL MR. BASS!
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'School Days ' just came on my Pandora following 'Romantic Warrior' by RTF... I'm 14 again !
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Laid back, silky smooth music, timeless
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Love it
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one of the best bass players i've have the pleasure of listening to Mr. Clarke
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Hey Stanley! My Wife, Elder Gerard & Gwen Washington Treated Me To Your Presence For My Birthday Last Year At Blues Alley Last Year For My 60th Birthday! We Sat Almost In Reaching Distance, To Your Right. What A Wonderful Performance With Your Most Talented Youth Under Your Mentorship! Look Forward To The Next Enjoyable Performance! ! ! GOD'S Blessings Upon All You Do!!! Love This!!!
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Love his music -FUNK
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Love this music. Excellent funk
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You are the Man!!! Mr Clarke enjoy your music forever.
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Have been following stanely clarke since return to forever with chic and Al the man is bad to the bone
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Saw Stanley in Vegas, intimate setting, left amazed!! He signed posters and also took pics; very cool brother!
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We Love you Stan Thanks for the 70 s and the 80 s and the 90 s and so no I love your Music Dearly
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Listened to "SCHOOL DAYS" everyday for my last 2 yrs of high school. Ray Gomez on guitar complements Clarke's playing in a BIG way X
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NO ONE plays bass like Stanley... My favorite since the seventies!!!
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loved it when raymond gomez played with him in the early days (late 70's). with the horn section they were amazing!! they opened for george benson that night and after stanley, george proceeded to put us all to sleep!! LOL!! True story!!!
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Im having fun listing to all this good jazzzzz
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School Days - Life is Just a Game. I could play that with my right pinky...not
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School Days is great!
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philippepelu s o
Daryl Brown (drummer) on my favorites hits album: I wanna play for you, does a super job!
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Doing it for 40 and why not.
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leoshalman
who's playing drums on Funk is it's own Reward?
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Goodbye, Porkpie Hat is a cold Killer TRACK
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philippepelu s o
Class, style and skills.... what a treat!
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He does a lot of musical scores for movies as well
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clroberts55
Stanley would blow your mind, then give it back with his style and enthusiasm. Return to Forever showcased his talentbon another level. The solo with Gregory Hines on IF THIS BASS COULD TALK made me look at this artist as a genius. .
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Awesome!!!!!
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