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Stanley Clarke Goes Acoustic in Jazz Trio

Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty & Biréli Lagrène: D-STRINGZBass superstar Stanley Clarke is exploring his acoustic side on D-STRINGZ, his acoustic collaboration with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and guitarist Biréli Lagrène.

What’s notable is that all three are most well known for their work in electric jazz. The trio first played together at a 2012 Paris concert celebrating Ponty’s 50-year career. D-STRINGZ features the trio’s takes on classics like Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages,” John Coltrane’s “Blue Train,” and the Cannonball Adderley hit “Mercy Mercy Mercy,” written by Josef Zawinul.

Originals include a reworking of Lagrène’s “Stretch,” and “To and Fro,” which Ponty wrote for a trio featuring Clarke and banjo player Belá Fleck. Clarke originals include “Bit of Burd” and “Paradigm Shift,” the latter written to commemorate the election of President Barack Obama.

D-STRINGZ is available on CD and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

D-STRINGZ Track List:

  1. Strech
  2. To And Fro
  3. Too Young To Go Steady
  4. Bit Of Burd
  5. Nuages
  6. Childhood Memories
  7. Blue Train
  8. Paradigm Shift
  9. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  10. One Take

Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty & Biréli Lagrène: D-STRINGZ