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School Days
     

School Days

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by Stanley Clarke
 

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Every pro electric-bass player and their mothers wore out the grooves of this record when it first came out, trying to cop Clarke's speedy, thundering, slapped-thumb bass licks. Yet ultimately, it was Clarke's rapidly developing compositional skills that made this album so listenable and so much fun for the rest of us, then and now. The title

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Every pro electric-bass player and their mothers wore out the grooves of this record when it first came out, trying to cop Clarke's speedy, thundering, slapped-thumb bass licks. Yet ultimately, it was Clarke's rapidly developing compositional skills that made this album so listenable and so much fun for the rest of us, then and now. The title track not only contributed a killer riff to the bass vocabulary; it is a cunningly organized piece of music with a well-defined structure. Moreover, Clarke follows his calling card with two tunes that are even more memorable -- the sauntering ballad "Quiet Afternoon" and an ebullient, Brazilian percussion-laced number with a good string arrangement and a terrific groove, "The Dancer." Clarke also brings out the standup bass for a soulful acoustic dialogue with John McLaughlin on "Desert Song." Evidently enthused by their leader's material, David Sancious (keyboards) and Raymond Gomez (guitars) deliver some of their best solos on records -- and with George Duke on hand on one cut, you hear some preliminary flickerings of Clarke's ventures into the commercial sphere. But at this point in time, Clarke was triumphantly proving that it was possible to be both good and commercial at the same time.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972319322
catalogNumber:
723193
Rank:
31290

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stanley Clarke   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Chimes,Conductor,Gong,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,Acoustic Bass,Piccolo Bass,Soloist,Humming,Handbells
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Buddy Childers   Bass,Brass
George Duke   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
John McLaughlin   Acoustic Guitar
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Lenny White   Drums
David Sancious   Organ,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,Soloist,Mini Moog
Ray Gomez   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
David Taylor   Trombone
Marilyn Baker   Strings
John Clark   Horn
Aarons   Bass,Brass
Stewart Blumberg   Bass,Brass
George Bohannon   Bass,Brass
Gerry Brown   Drums,Bells,Handbells
Thomas Buffum   Strings
David Campbell   Strings
Earl Chapin   Horn
Billy Cobham   Drums,Moog Synthesizer
Armando Anthony Corea   Keyboards
Rollice Dale   Strings
Robert Dubow   Strings
Robert Findley   Bass,Brass
Steve Gadd   Drums
Janice Gower   Strings
Gary Grant   Bass,Brass
Milt Holland   Percussion,Conga,Triangle
Dennis Karmazyn   Strings
Gordon Marron Strings   Strings
Lew McCreary   Bass,Brass
Jack Nimitz   Bass,Brass
William Peterson   Bass,Brass
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Dalton Smith   Bass,Brass
Lya Stern   Strings
Ron Strauss   Strings
Marcia Van Dyke   Strings
Wilmer Wise   Horn
John Wittenberg   Strings
Icarus Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Janice Gower Adele   Strings
Peter Gordon   Horn
Charles "Icarus" Johnson   Guitar
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Drums,Handbells
George Bohanon   Brass
Karen Jones   Strings

Technical Credits

Ken Scott   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Stanley Clarke   Arranger,Producer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Lynn Dreese Breslin   Art Direction

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the height of the Jazz/Rock Fusion movement of the 1970's. Bass wizard STANLEY CLARKE took time of from the supergroup RETURN TO FOREVER to record the unforgettable "School Days". This would become his signature album. SCHOOL DAYS is a well crafted piece of art. Listening to this CD you can tell that Clarke worked hard to compose this music. They way he plays the bass guitar is just ballistic!!! He is also a whiz on the bass upright and the violin. Many people have tried to copy Clarke's Slap-And-Pop style. Highly immatated but never duplicated, there is only one STANLEY CLARKE.
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