The Stanley Clarke Band

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The 2010 self-titled release by the Stanley Clarke Band is aptly titled; it actually feels more like a band record than anything he's done in decades. This isn't saying that Clarke's solo work is somehow less than, but when he surrounds himself with musicians that are all prodigies in their own right, the end results tend to be more satisfying. Produced by Clarke and Lenny White, his band is made up Compton double-kick drum maestro Ronald Bruner, Jr., Israeli pianist/keyboardist Ruslan Sirota, and pianist Hiromi Uehara aka Hiromi who plays selectively but is considered a member. There are guests, too, including a horn section, a couple of guitarists in Rob Bacon and Charles ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The 2010 self-titled release by the Stanley Clarke Band is aptly titled; it actually feels more like a band record than anything he's done in decades. This isn't saying that Clarke's solo work is somehow less than, but when he surrounds himself with musicians that are all prodigies in their own right, the end results tend to be more satisfying. Produced by Clarke and Lenny White, his band is made up Compton double-kick drum maestro Ronald Bruner, Jr., Israeli pianist/keyboardist Ruslan Sirota, and pianist Hiromi Uehara aka Hiromi who plays selectively but is considered a member. There are guests, too, including a horn section, a couple of guitarists in Rob Bacon and Charles Altura, and saxophonist Bob Sheppard. Clarke plays his usual arsenal of basses. Sirota and Hiromi also contribute compositions to the album. They include the former's set opener "Soldier." While its intro is quiet and melodic enough, it evolves, first into a modal study with Clarke playing the melody before it kicks into jazz-rock overdrive with Altura playing a distorted rhythm guitar to Clarke's Alembic tenor bass. Dynamics shift and turn; they make the track a multi-faceted investigation with Sirota's piano solo sourcing both McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock. Hiromi's "Labyrinth" melds elements of "My Favorite Things" to modern post-bop and classical architectures; the breakbeats by Bruner add a funky touch, and Clarke's layered basses become a focal foil for the piano. There is also an updated reading of Chick Corea's "No Mystery," from Clarke's days with Return to Forever, that captures the tune's near transcendent curiosity without trying to re-create it. The drama brought by Clarke's bass is tense and declamatory. "Sonny Rollins" contains the theme from "Don't Stop the Carnival" and is Caribbean-flavored, but pays tribute to the saxophonist's entire career. Written by Clarke, it contains wonderfully knotty passages on acoustic as well as electric basses; Sheppard's fine soloing and fills make it a jumper. "I Wanna Play for You Too" is funkily self-explanatory for Clarke fans, while "Bass Folk Song #10" is a gorgeous solo piece. "Fulani" is an excellent piece of contemporary fusion, where "Larry Has Traveled 11 Miles and Waited a Lifetime for the Return of Vishnu's Report," dedicated to Joe Zawinul, is a clumsy, failed attempt at summing up the music's history to date. The ballads, including "Bass Folk Song No. 6," which closes the set, work less well, but these are minor complaints on an otherwise fine recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 053361316129
  • Catalog Number: 3161
  • Sales rank: 27,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soldier - Stanley Clarke (7:07)
  2. 2 Fulani - Stanley Clarke (6:29)
  3. 3 Here's Why Tears Dry - Stanley Clarke (4:52)
  4. 4 I Wanna Play For You Too - Stanley Clarke (4:13)
  5. 5 Bass Folk Song No. 10 - Stanley Clarke (3:40)
  6. 6 No Mystery - Stanley Clarke (7:09)
  7. 7 How is the Weather Up There? - Stanley Clarke (5:54)
  8. 8 Larry Has Traveled 11 Miles and Waited a Lifetime For the Return of Vis - Stanley Clarke (6:32)
  9. 9 Labyrinth - Stanley Clarke (5:56)
  10. 10 Sonny Rollins - Stanley Clarke (8:49)
  11. 11 Bass Folk Song No. 6 (Mo Anam Cara) - Stanley Clarke (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stanley Clarke Band Primary Artist
Bob Sheppard Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Cheryl Bentyne Vocals, Guest Appearance
Stanley Clarke Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Talk Box, Soloist, Group Member, Indexed Contributor
Chris Clarke Guest Appearance
Armand Sabal-Lecco Electric Bass, Guest Appearance
Doug Webb Saxophone
Felton C. Pilate II Keyboards
Andrew Lippman Trombone
Lorenzo Dunn Synthesizer Bass, Guest Appearance
Hiromi Piano, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Charles Altura Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Jonathan Hakakian Guest Appearance
Ilsey Juber Vocals
Ruslan Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Soloist, Group Member
John Papenbrook Trumpet
Ronald Bruner Jr. Drums, Group Member
Rob Bacon Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Ruslan Sirtota Vocals
Natasha Agrama Vocals
Technical Credits
Lenny White Producer
Stanley Clarke Composer, Producer
Chris Clarke drum programming
Chick Corea Composer
Armand Sabal-Lecco Composer, Liner Notes
Dennis MacKay Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Steven Parke Art Direction
Felton C. Pilate II Composer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Producer, Engineer
Hiromi Composer
Ruslan Sirota Composer, Producer
Jonathan Hakakian Programming, Engineer, drum programming
Ruslan Liner Notes
Ronald Bruner Jr. Composer
Natasha Agrama Art Direction, Video Stills
Mike Lanfear Band Photo
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