The Bass-ic Collection

The Bass-ic Collection

by Stanley Clarke


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646427729
catalogNumber: 64277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stanley Clarke   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
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   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
Gerry Brown   Drums,Handbells
David Earl Taylor   Brass
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
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
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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