All Videos Tagged Clarke (ESB Jazz Radio) - ESB Jazz Radio 2021-10-18T12:06:36Z https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/video/video/listTagged?tag=Clarke&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Stanley Clarke Band - Up (2014) tag:esbjazzradio.ning.com,2014-10-11:4069663:Video:34289 2014-10-11T15:43:40.431Z ESB https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/profile/esb <a href="https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/video/stanley-clarke-band-up-2014"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1945635206?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Amazon <a href="http://amzn.to/1uWJFKg">http://amzn.to/1uWJFKg</a> | iTunes <a href="http://bit.ly/1to8iBc">http://bit.ly/1to8iBc</a><br></br> <br></br> <br></br> <br></br> <br></br> The standouts on this record begin with the opening track, “Pop Virgil,” which is dedicated to his Dad. Making good use of the classic Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson rhythm section (guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr.,… <a href="https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/video/stanley-clarke-band-up-2014"><br /> <img src="https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1945635206?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Amazon <a href="http://amzn.to/1uWJFKg">http://amzn.to/1uWJFKg</a> | iTunes <a href="http://bit.ly/1to8iBc">http://bit.ly/1to8iBc</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The standouts on this record begin with the opening track, “Pop Virgil,” which is dedicated to his Dad. Making good use of the classic Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson rhythm section (guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., drummer John Robinson and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes) along with an A-list horn section (with an arrangement by Jerry Hey), “Pop Virgil” is pure horn-driven funk a la Earth, Wind &amp; Fire (with fervent solo by Robinson and a tasty electric spotlight for Clarke).<br /> <br /> The leader slides over to acoustic bass for the cinematic “Last Train To Sanity,” a tune Clarke deems one of his best. The Harlem String Quartet are at the heart of the piece, which can’t deny its rhythmic connection to Clarke’s days with Return To Forever. The driving rock groove of the title cut is provided by The Police drummer Stewart Copeland, who Clarke says was whom he had in mind when the composition was written. As one might expect, it sounds a little like The Police meet Stanley Clarke and it works perfectly, complete with guitar solo by The Eagles’ Joe Walsh.<br /> <br /> <br /> Three of the dozen tracks on the record are solo bass pieces from Clarke’s 20-piece series called “Bass Folk Songs.” Number 13 (“Mingus”) is a 60-second acoustic piece that captures the essence of the great composer and Number 7 (“Tradition”) finds Clarke on an electric tenor bass, approaching the instrument in his signature “classical guitar” style. The last “folk song” is a pairing of two pieces, “Dance of the Giant Hummingbird” and “Eleuthera Island,” that find Clarke fluttering across the acoustic once more.<br /> <br /> The traditional trio piece, "Trust," is a nice diversion and the closing tune written for his wife, "La Cancion De Sofia," is a gorgeous duo piece with Chick Corea, recorded live in Sapporo, Japan.<br /> <br /> There are a few tunes that fall flat within the mix, most notably a tragic revision of Clarke’s legendary “School Days.” What made the original so remarkable -- the chunky chords, the achingly beautiful solo, Gerry Brown’s bashing drums, Raymond Gomez’s incendiary guitar -- are largely missing on this version. Though Brown reprises his role here, his playing lacks the “balls to the wall” energy of 40 years ago and Jimmy Herring, for all his talent, doesn’t come close to what Gomez did on the original. Clarke sounds fine -- his new solo is fine -- but this is a situation where this statement was better left unsaid. Likewise, the ballad “I Have Something To Tell You Tonight” is sweet enough but not bitter enough to be anything but a little cloying.<br /> <br /> The fact that the inner sleeve shows Clarke standing on the beach, playing his bass in his bare feet, is a telling photograph. Clarke neither needs -- nor nor seems to want -- to break any more barriers, content with turning out a solid albeit a bit uninspired album created with a bunch of his friends. And so he did.<br /> <br /> By Michael Verity Stanley Clarke Trio- Jazz In The Garden EPK Video tag:esbjazzradio.ning.com,2011-02-22:4069663:Video:5515 2011-02-22T19:37:40.854Z ESB https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/profile/esb <a href="https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/video/stanley-clarke-trio-jazz-in"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1945630312?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>In a career that spans nearly four decades and includes gigs with Return to Forever, Rite of Strings and a variety of other solo and collaborative projects along the way, bassist Stanley Clarke - one of the most prominent voices in electric jazz and fusion - had seemingly covered every possible corner of the jazz landscape. But there was one avenue he had yet to explore.…<br></br> <a href="https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/video/stanley-clarke-trio-jazz-in"><br /> <img src="https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1945630312?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />In a career that spans nearly four decades and includes gigs with Return to Forever, Rite of Strings and a variety of other solo and collaborative projects along the way, bassist Stanley Clarke - one of the most prominent voices in electric jazz and fusion - had seemingly covered every possible corner of the jazz landscape. But there was one avenue he had yet to explore.<br /> <br /> "I had never done an acoustic bass record, ever," he says. "There's a long list of people on whose records I've played acoustic bass - Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson and many others - but I'd never done an acoustic jazz trio record of my own. So I wanted to record one that would just feature the piano and the acoustic bass in a way that you could really hear the bass."<br /> <br /> This long-overdue dream project becomes a reality with the release of Jazz In The Garden. For his first straightahead acoustic jazz trio recording, Clarke assembles two brilliant collaborators at the top of their respective games: pianist Hiromi Uehara and drummer Lenny White. Each represents a distinctly different generational and cultural perspective, but given the range and versatility of both, the net effect is superb. Indeed, the synergy resulting from all three of these luminaries makes for one of the most refreshing Stanley Clarke recordings in recent years.<br /> <br /> In many ways, Jazz in the Garden is Stanley Clarke's way of reconnecting with a time much earlier in his career before his plunge into electric jazz - a time when he earned his stripes playing acoustic bass with some of the most enduring names in the annals of jazz. "There are times when you want to revisit the things that really established the foundation in your life," he says. "I spent many, many years studying acoustic bass, and many years playing in New York after I left Philadelphia in the late `60s. I played with everyone who was there at the time. It was a long time ago, but all that stuff from that period is what made me who I am. This record is my way of reconnecting with that time and that music."<br /> <br /> Personnel: Hiromi (piano); Lenny White (drums); Stanley Clarke (acoustic bass).<br /> Audio Mixer: Michael Bishop. The Stanley Clarke Band tag:esbjazzradio.ning.com,2011-02-22:4069663:Video:5705 2011-02-22T19:27:39.310Z ESB https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/profile/esb <a href="https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/video/the-stanley-clarke-band"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1945630611?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Renowned bassist Stanley Clarke's new recording, The Stanley Clarke Band, is unlike his previous acoustic bass releases, Clarke feels that this album's music is fresh and different from just about anything he's done before. Produced by Clarke and Lenny White, the range of collaborative material on The Stanley Clarke Band has allowed him to venture to new levels of experimentation,… <a href="https://esbjazzradio.ning.com/video/the-stanley-clarke-band"><br /> <img src="https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1945630611?profile=original&amp;width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Renowned bassist Stanley Clarke's new recording, The Stanley Clarke Band, is unlike his previous acoustic bass releases, Clarke feels that this album's music is fresh and different from just about anything he's done before. Produced by Clarke and Lenny White, the range of collaborative material on The Stanley Clarke Band has allowed him to venture to new levels of experimentation, utilizing his arsenal of bass instruments. Clarke compares this new release to the first three albums of his solo career: Journey to Love, Stanley Clarke, and School Days, with long extended electric pieces that take the listener on a kind of journey.<br /> <br /> "Technically, it's a Stanley Clarke record, but it's very much a band-oriented record at the same time," says Clarke. "I may be the leader, but everyone played an important role in what emerged. If a project like this can be looked at like a ship, I'd be the one steering the ship and keeping everybody on course. But all hands were definitely on deck, and everyone played an important role in getting us to our destination."<br /> <br /> Also a new foray for Clarke, the album includes original compositions from members of the band. He is joined by Stanley Clarke Band keyboardist Ruslan Sirota and drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr. - who have been performing and recording with him for the better part of five years. Innovative young musicians, they have virtually grown up in Clarke's band and bring a freshness he admires. Following 2009's highly-acclaimed Jazz In the Garden, this is featured artist Hiromi Uehara's second Clarke recording collaboration. Clarke's rugged and complex bass work serves as the ideal foil for her trademark fiery and expressive piano chops, as reflected through critics' praising it as "a superb trio effort" (Bass Player) and "one of the best jazz CDs of the year" (San Jose Mercury News).<br /> <br /> "There are people on The Stanley Clarke Band other than myself who have something to say," explains Clarke. "Everyone on this project brought their own music and their own ideas. The styles of the individual tunes may be different, but the continuous thread that runs through the whole record is the fact that we're all operating as a unit on each track."<br /> <br /> Among the additional players in the album's supporting cast are vocalist Cheryl Bentyne (a longtime member of The Manhattan Transfer); guitarists Charles Altura, Rob Bacon, and Armand Sabal-Lecco; saxophonist Bob Sheppard; bass synthesizer Lorenzo "Larry" Dunn (of Earth, Wind &amp; Fire fame); keyboardist Felton Pilate; horn players Andrew Lippman and John Papenbrook; and drum programmers Chris Clarke and Jon Hakakian.<br /> <br /> Perhaps the most appealing aspect of The Stanley Clarke Band is the exceptionally organic nature of its genesis - the sense of grassroots creativity that existed outside of any efforts to tailor the music to any specific segment of the market. Clarke concludes, "This is the last electric album I'm going to do for awhile. The legacy of this release is that I'm providing lots of material and homework for a new generation of bassists to catch up with. I've worked hard to give the bass a distinctive voice, and I feel so excited about where it's going."