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Stanley Clarke / Al Di Meola / Jean-Luc Ponty

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. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Saw Return to Forever two years ago. No Al Demeola, but Jean Luc Ponty was with them. Thrird row seats... got to personally shake all their hands. Priceless!
My main man, Got a chance to meet him in 84 backstage at Blues Alley in DC when I ran into a classmate that played with him on School Days Album. Down to Earth guy.
Not too many comments on the brilliant Jean-Luc Ponty!
This one is second place only to Return to Forever, on the River in MIlwaukee back in 76 or 77. Chick Corea with Stanly Clark, Al De Meola, and I can't remember, but it was beyond anything on the tip of the bud.
maryjturk50
Have always love Stanley Clark's music. Since East River Drive to his latest.
The best players around
Nice! I always hear these player in situations where their technical virtuosity is on display. Here perfect blend of technique and communicatio n with each other.
You saw Stanley Clark?
saw these guys in Philly four years ago...Nice!
An all-time favorite album for me. I wish they would do another.
what the world needs at this very moment is real music being played by real musicians like these guys - no buttons being pushed here - peace
Three legends, and I have the DVD concert of the group playing a killer show.
All I can say is far out/nice combination of musicians - thanks pandora
Change of Life is fantastic
Absolute string brilliance!!
mc157
this is music you have to LISTEN to
Jean-Luc Ponty plays violin, and exceptionall y well I might add. But I do agree with the other bit.
jimw53
SO this is what you get when you combine one of the worlds best bass players with 2 of the worlds best guitar players? Simply outstanding and the way music should be!
In agreement about the more fusion comment. I can't get enough of some of the most brilliant musical minds of our time that danced through the 70s with an idea that is just so musically sick.
tim.moore48
Brilliant, wonderful sound that just delights the senses. This album is a must for all serious jass enthusiests.
steve.fewell
luv your selections truly better than xmradio
I like this style of music. It is music the way it should be.
can you please play more fusion cuts of this artist .PANDORA seems to be better than sirius radio ,you can play the style of music that you like the most!!
What a combination of talent!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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