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Stanley Clarke

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Stanley Clarke (born 30 June 1951) is a virtuosic American musician known for his work on double bass and bass guitar.

Clarke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having graduated from the Philadelphia Academy of Music, he moved to New York City in 1971 and began working with famous bandleaders and musicians including Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz and Al Di Meola.

During this period he formed the Jazz fusion group Return to Forever with pianist Chick Corea which had several successful albums. He also released a number of albums under his own name (his two most notable being "School Days" and "Stanley Clarke").

He created a very distinctive sound, playing Alembic basses and applying Larry Graham's innovative slap style of bass playing to harmonically complex jazz based music.

He has continued working up to the present day with several film scores as well as a string of albums to his name.

Stanley is also the first influential bassist to use piccolo bass prominently. (A piccolo bass is a bass guitar, tuned one octave higher - Stanley's are usually short scale (30.75"), four string, signature model Alembics.)

Partial Discography

  • Children of Forever (One Way) (1972)
  • Stanley Clarke (Epic) (1974)
  • Journey to Love (Epic) (1975)
  • School Days (Epic) (1976)
  • I Wanna Play for You (Epic) (1977)
  • Modern Man (Nemperor) (1978)
  • Fuse One (IMS) (1980)
  • Rocks, Pebbles and Sand (Epic) (1980)
  • The Clarke/Duke Project, Vol. 1 (Epic) (1981)
  • Let Me Know You (Columbia) (1982)
  • The Clarke/Duke Project, Vol. 2 (Columbia) (1983)
  • Time Exposure (Epic) (1984)
  • Find Out! (Epic) (1985)
  • Hideaway (Epic) (1986)
  • Project (CBS) (1988)
  • If This Bass Could Only Talk (Portrait) (1988)
  • 3 (Epic) (1989)
  • Passenger 157 (Epic) (1992)
  • East River Drive (Epic) (1993)
  • Live at the Greek (Epic) (1993)
  • Live in Montreaux (Jazz Door) (1994)
  • Rite of Strings (Gai Saber) (1995)
  • At the Movies (Epic Soundtrax) (1995)

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