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Album Review

Albums came less frequently from Stanley Clarke in the 1990s as film scores took up more and more of his time. Not only that, the ideas and functions of film music play a large role in East River Drive, where selections come as often as not in the form of cue-like vamps, as well as two actual themes from Clarke's scores for the films Poetic Justice and Boyz N the Hood. Oddly enough, Clarke's music benefits from his film immersion, for his compositional ideas are sharper and more sophisticated here, and he applies them to a range of electric music idioms. "Zabadoobeebe," "Illegal," and "I'm Home Africa" bear mild African influences, the elegant "Christmas in Rio" has a slight whiff of Brazil, and "Lords of the Low Frequencies" is an extraordinary slap-happy duel between Clarke and fellow virtuoso Armand Sabal-Lecco. As before, Clarke gets help from some of his famous friends — among them are Gerald Albright, George Howard, Hubert Laws, Jean-Luc Ponty, Poncho Sanchez, and the inevitable George Duke — and he most ably splits the string arranging tasks with George DelBarrio. This is a mature statement from a most accomplished musician, who was still young at 42. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

The Baddest Bassman on the Planet!!!

I used to own this album on cassette. This has always been one of my favorite Stanley Clarke albums, so there was no question that I would download it to update my jazz catalogue. The work on this album never sounds dated as the grooves are truly timeless.

Smoothest cut on Earth!

I bought this CD when I was stationed in Northern Japan in 93. At the time it was early winter and the snow was just falling. The cut East River Drive was the most smoothest track I had heard at that time. I played it so much that to this day I can still smell the cold night air when I hear that song.

east river drive

really one of the best albums stantley clarke has done east river drive and theme from boyz and the hood excellant to get in your car and just drive


Born: June 30, 1951 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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;...
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