Stanley Clarke

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Krentz Ratings:
Children of Forever (1972), 7/10
Stanley Clarke (1974), 6.5/10
Journey to Love (1975), 7/10
School Days (1976), 7/10
I Wanna Play For You (1979), 6/10
The Clarke/ Duke Group (1980), 5/10
If This Bass Could Only Talk (1988), 5.5/10
The Rite of Strings (1995), 5.5/10

Stanley Clarke (1951) was one of the bassists who created a language for the electric bass in the context of fusion music. Starting out with Pharoah Sanders (1971) and especially Chick Corea (1972), Clarke turned the electric bass into a force of nature. both in terms of percussive power and in terms of chromatic spectrum. His compositions were ambitious the 16-minute Sea Journey on Children of Forever (december 1972), that still featured Chick Corea on keyboards; the 14-minute Life Suite on the heavily arranged Stanley Clarke (1974); the 14-minute Concerto for Jazz-rock Orchestra on Journey to Love (1975). School Days (june 1976) was a hit, thanks to the nine-minute Life Is Just A Game and the catchy School Days. The double-LP I Wanna Play For You (september 1979) marked the transition from the old progressive fusion (still represented by the nine-minute Quiet Afternoon) to the electronic pop-soul-funk music concocted by keyboardist George Duke. The latter became his main preoccupation during the 1980s, notably in the funk group The Clarke/Duke Project (1981).

Clarke recovered a modicum of dignity on If This Bass Could Only Talk (1988). The Rite of Strings (april 1995) was an all-acoustic collaboration with Jean Luc Ponty and Al DiMeola.

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