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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