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If This Bass Could Only Talk

Stanley Clarke

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Album Review

This was bassist Stanley Clarke's twelfth solo set, and one of his very few that would be recommended to jazz (as opposed to funk and R&B) listeners. On the instrumental set, Clarke's bass is featured in a wide variety of settings, including duets with tap dancer Gregory Hines and drummer John Robinson, a quartet with Wayne Shorter ("Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"), in a power trio with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Stewart Copeland, a piece with George Duke (on acoustic piano for a change) and soprano saxophonist George Howard, a quartet with the synthesizers of Steve Hunt, and "Funny How Time Flies," which has a colorful Freddie Hubbard trumpet solo. Throughout, Clarke's bass has plenty of solo space, and he shows how strong a player he can be when given decent material.

Customer Reviews

This is the Bible for Bassists

I don't know a single bassist that doesn't own this album, and for good reason: it's epic and is the bible for bassists.

One of the greatest

Cosmic!!!! This album has a great atmosphere to it. Clarke's work during the Mid 80's was profound to say the least. This album explores the outer reaches and takes you places.

A Masterpiece on bass!!

This CD has something for everyone that enjoys the bass; Bassically Taps is Stanley & the late Gregory Hines battling it out! All the songs will challenge musicians everywhere to become better in there gifts. Go see him live, in concert. Final words....listen, learn & apply. Timba''le

Biography

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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