The Bass-ic Collection

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Jazz bass players are typically heard and not seen, but the lack of Stanley Clarke pictures on this predominantly instrumental collection of some of his best work is still alarming. No photos and no liner notes other than track personnel make this appear like a quickie release, maybe one without much of Clarke's input. Regardless, the 14 tracks compiled here are some of the bassist's best moments from notoriously uneven albums recorded between 1974 and 1989, with two previously unreleased tunes waxed in April 1995. As a jazz-funk bassist Clarke is perhaps without peers, and his second, third, and fourth albums from 1974-1976 best captured that style before he deteriorated ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Jazz bass players are typically heard and not seen, but the lack of Stanley Clarke pictures on this predominantly instrumental collection of some of his best work is still alarming. No photos and no liner notes other than track personnel make this appear like a quickie release, maybe one without much of Clarke's input. Regardless, the 14 tracks compiled here are some of the bassist's best moments from notoriously uneven albums recorded between 1974 and 1989, with two previously unreleased tunes waxed in April 1995. As a jazz-funk bassist Clarke is perhaps without peers, and his second, third, and fourth albums from 1974-1976 best captured that style before he deteriorated into second-rate disco and watered-down R&B in the late '70s and '80s. So it's not surprising that six cuts, including "School Days" arguably his most accomplished and energetic piece of playing and composition, are drawn from these discs and encompass well over half the running time. With help from veteran sidemen such as Jeff Beck, keyboardist David Sancious, saxist Kirk Whalum, and of course shotgun-riding cohort George Duke, the vibe sizzles and burns. Jazz fusion buffs will want to start here to appreciate Clarke's nearly lead guitar-style command of the bass. When Clarke finds his groove on P-Funk-inspired burners such as "We Supply" and "Mothership Connection Star Child" the latter written by George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, he's unstoppable. Even at his sappiest on the newly released "Between Love & Magic," and the Earth, Wind & Fire-styled "Journey to Love," Clarke's precision and intensity on his instrument are startling. Although he has enough good-to-great moments for a double disc even without digging into the Return to Forever catalog, this is a logical first purchase and a solid, if not terribly comprehensive, career overview of a bass guitar legend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972378329
  • Catalog Number: 723783
  • Sales rank: 36,551

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 School Days (7:49)
  2. 2 Wild Dog (3:30)
  3. 3 We Supply (4:10)
  4. 4 Mothership Connection (Star Child) (4:16)
  5. 5 Journey to Love (4:41)
  6. 6 Hello Jeff (5:14)
  7. 7 I Wanna Play for You (5:12)
  8. 8 Silly Putty (4:40)
  9. 9 Hot Fun (2:29)
  10. 10 Rock & Roll Jelly (5:06)
  11. 11 Jamaican Boy (3:25)
  12. 12 Lost in a Thought (5:10)
  13. 13 Between Love & Magic (4:09)
  14. 14 Life Suite, Pts. 1-4 (8:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stanley Clarke Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass, Cello, Conductor, Gong, Keyboards, Sitar, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Rap, Acoustic Bass, Piccolo Bass, Talk Box, Tubular Bells, Handbells, Tenor Bass
Philip Bailey Vocals, Rap
Jeff Beck Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Gerald Albright Soprano Saxophone
Buddy Childers Brass
Bill Connors Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
George Duke Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Bells, Rap, Mini Moog, Arp Odyssey
Jon Faddis Brass
Jan Hammer Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Tom "Bones" Malone Brass
Tom Scott Lyricon
Lew Soloff Brass
Tony Williams Drums
David Sancious Electric Guitar, Keyboards, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Phil Perry Vocals, Rap
Carmine Appice Drums
Ray Gomez Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Taylor Brass
Marilyn Baker Strings
Dennis Chambers Drums
Todd Cochran Organ, Piano
Al Aarons Brass
Stewart Blumberg Brass
George Bohannon Trombone, Brass
Dee Dee Bridgewater Background Vocals
Garnett Brown Brass
Gerry Brown Drums, Handbells
James Buffington Brass
Thomas Buffum Strings
David Campbell Strings
Carl Carwell Vocals, Rap
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Vocals, Rap
Earl Chapin Brass
Darrell Cox Vocals, Rap
Harry Cykman Strings
Rollice Dale Strings
Robert Dubow Strings
Brandon Fields Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Robert Findley Brass
Steve Gadd Percussion, Drums
Paul Gershman Strings
Gary Grant Brass
Emanuel Green Strings
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Louis Johnson Bass, Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn Strings
Harold Kohon Strings
Beverly Lauridsen Strings
Jesse Levy Strings
Gordon Marron Strings Strings
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Lew McCreary Brass
Jack Nimitz Brass
William Peterson Brass
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Alan Rubin Brass
Dalton Smith Brass
Lya Stern Strings
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Wilmer Wise Brass
John Wittenberg Strings
Darryl Brown Drums
Carol Buck Strings
Kenny White Drums
Peter Gordon Brass
David Earl Taylor Brass
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Drums, Handbells
George Bohanon Brass
Karen Jones Strings
Technical Credits
George Duke Producer, String Ensemble
David Nadien String Section
Ken Scott Producer
Stanley Clarke Arranger, Producer, drum machine
Harry Cykman String Section
Brian Gardner Mastering
Paul Gershman String Section
Emanuel Green String Section
Harry Lookofsky String Section
Harold Kohon String Section
Beverly Lauridsen String Section
Jesse Levy String Section
Charles McCracken String Section
Carol Buck String Section
Frank Harkins Art Direction
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