Stanley Clarke Quartet
Monday, October 13, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“… one of the greatest bassists…” – The Guardian
Bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke’s new recording, The Stanley Clarke Band: UP, is scheduled for release September 30 on the Mack Avenue Records label. He considers UP to be the most energetic, fun, rhythmic and upbeat album that he has ever done and with more than forty albums under his belt, that’s saying quite a lot. Clarke’s signature bass virtuosity and amazing technical acumen is present throughout, but the enjoyment he had in making this album is also apparent. Unlike his predominant acoustic bass work on the last few albums, UP is almost equal electric and acoustic bass. The album highlights an exciting mix of up-and-coming musicians and legendary veterans, unveiling Clarke’s new compositions and re-invigorating vintage themes. Clarke’s current touring group features acoustic pianist Beka Goshiashvili; keyboardist Cameron Graves; and drummer Michael Mitchell.
Born in Philadelphia in 1951, Stanley Clarke was recruited almost straight out of high school to furnish the bass pulse for a number of top-tier jazz artists, including Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, and Horace Silver. Clarke’s incredible facility on acoustic and electric bassists made him a natural choice for Chick Corea’s Return to Forever, at the young age of 20. From its first iteration with Airto & Flora, and reedman Joe Farrell, to the more rock-oriented line-up with drummer Lenny White and guitarist Al DiMeola, Return to Forever rode the main wave of the jazz/rock, or fusion, movement, a blend of high energy rock influences mixed with jazz improvisation, hitting its peak of popularity in the mid-’70s. Clarke quickly established himself as the virtuoso electric bassist of the time and released a steady stream of solo albums, beginning with Children of Forever in 1973. Fusion gradually lost favor in the late ’70s and Clarke delved into “smooth” jazz, R&B, and pop music projects, often producing records for other artists. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with an endless list of creative performers, including ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland in Animal Logic, Ron Wood’s New Barbarians, Jean Luc Ponty. In the early ’80s, he and keyboardist George Duke formed the Clarke/Duke Project, a pop-oriented band that released a couple of successful recordings despite criticism from their jazz fans.
Over the course of the next two decades, Clarke would alternate back and forth in the worlds of jazz and pop. Whether leading a band, performing as a sideman, composing for television and film, or working as a record producer, he expertly navigated his way forward. In 2008, Clarke toured as part of the Return to Forever reunion with bandmates Corea, White, and DiMeola, much to the delight of new and longtime fans. Now, as a mature artist with a distinguished career, Clarke continues to enchant audiences. With his latest version of The Stanley Clarke Band, he proves to be as vital a musician today as he was forty years ago.
Stanley Clarke Quartet
DATE: Monday, October 13, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00PM
PRICE: $35/Adv $40/Door, No Comp Tickets
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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