1, 2, To the Bass

1, 2, To the Bass

by Stanley Clarke


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Stanley Clarke is without doubt a phenomenally talented bassist but has not done much to showcase this ability on his own recordings since the late '70s. You can chalk that up mostly to Clarke's propensity for trite, pop-oriented material that does little to illuminate his great technical command of the instrument or to engage the listener either melodically or lyrically. 1, 2, to the Bass is a step in the right direction with a more jazz-oriented feel and some interesting guest appearances. Rapper Q-Tip gets things off to a nice start on the title track which reimagines '90s hip-hop jazz as "quiet storm" R&B. "Simply Said" is reminiscent of Sting's more fusion-style originals with flutist Hubert Laws on a nice melodic hook. There is also an inspired reworking of the R&B classic "Where Is the Love" featuring Glenn Lewis and Amel Larrieux. Later on, if "Los Caballos (The Horses)" sounds a little too much like Madonna's "Borderline," and Oprah Winfrey's reading of Maya Angelou's "I Shall Not Be Moved" seems a bit out of place on an album that includes a song titled "Just Cruzin'," there's at least the "Rock It"-styled electro-disco-funk of "Bout the Bass." And don't forget the monstrous "freak" funk cover of "Hair" that almost redeems everything guitarist Joe Satriani has ever done. Perhaps not the exhilarating breakthrough one would hope, 1, 2, to the Bass is nonetheless a very exciting return to form.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646734629
catalogNumber: 67346
Rank: 69348

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stanley Clarke   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Electric Bass,Conductor,Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Soloist,Wah Wah Bass,Tenor Bass
Joe Satriani   Guitar
George Duke   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Hubert Laws   Flute
James Earl   Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Everette Harp   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ira Hearshen   Conductor
Michael Hunter   Trumpet
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Bob Leatherbarrow   Vibes
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Q-Tip   Spoken Word
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Doug Webb   Saxophone
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Amel Larrieux   Vocals
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Myron McKinley   Keyboards
Gerry Brown   Drums
Oprah Winfrey   Spoken Word
Glenn Lewis   Vocals
Doctor L. Subramaniam   Violin

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Producer
Larry Graham   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Maya Angelou   Composer
Stanley Clarke   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Ira Hearshen   String Arrangements
Q-Tip   Producer
William Salter   Composer
L. Subramaniam   Composer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Hooshik   Art Direction
Mickey Shapiro   Direction,Management
Myron McKinley   Composer

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