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Stanley Clarke Goes Acoustic in Jazz Trio
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Stanley Clarke Goes Acoustic in Jazz Trio

Bass 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...

George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Howard Hewett: Heaven Sent You
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George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Howard Hewett: Heaven Sent You

I’m not sure if I would have ever seen this video if it hadn’t been for Pete Skjold sharing it. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched it since then. In this clip, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, and Howard Hewett sit in a studio for a nice acoustic performance of “Heaven Sent You”, which appeared on Clarke’s album,...

Stanley Clarke, Chaka Khan & George Duke: Live 1990
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Stanley Clarke, Chaka Khan & George Duke: Live 1990

Rick Suchow has shared another gem of a video. We’ll let him explain: “The always adorable Chaka with Stanley Clarke and George Duke, performing ‘I Wish You Love’ live at Montreux 1990. Stanley takes a solo on his EUB. The audio is a bit hissy and this is clearly an impromptu performance, but still a nice document of three masters...

The Stanley Clarke Band: No Mystery, Live
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The Stanley Clarke Band: No Mystery, Live

Today we’re celebrating the great Stanley Clarke’s birthday with a killer clip of his band live at Bimhuis in Amsterdam. The jazz legend and crew tackle the Return to Forever song “No Mystery”, which Clarke also released on his band’s 2010 self-titled album. Clarke pulls out all the stops with his signature bass lines, arco work, and a jaw-dropping percussive...

Stanley Clarke Band with Beka Gochiashvili: Brazilian Love Affair
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Stanley Clarke Band with Beka Gochiashvili: Brazilian Love Affair

During the 2014 Tbilisi Jazz Festival, Stanley Clarke took the stage with pianist Beka Gochiashvili and performed this killer version of “Brazilian Love Affair”. The tune was written by one of Clarke’s longtime collaborators, George Duke, who passed away in 2013.

Stanley Clarke and Sidiki Diabaté: The Meeting
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Stanley Clarke and Sidiki Diabaté: The Meeting

We love it when different styles come together to make something new. Here’s a unique and beautiful clip sent to us by our Facebook friend “Ladyblue Utrecht” of bass master Stanley Clarke performing with Malian kora player Sidiki Diabaté. The kora is a traditional west African harp-like instrument with 21 strings. Clarke meshes with Diabaté’s rhythms perfectly to create a...

The Stanley Clarke Band Plays it Happy on “Up”
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The Stanley Clarke Band Plays it Happy on “Up”

Jazz instrumentalists have the luxury of playing music all over the emotional scale, says superstar jazz bassist Stanley Clarke. That might mean pieces that are way up, way down, or esoteric. You would be right if you guessed that his latest album with The Stanley Clarke Band, , is on the cheerier end of that scale. Why did he go...

New Stanley Clarke Band Album, “UP”, Set for Late September Release
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New Stanley Clarke Band Album, “UP”, Set for Late September Release

Jazz-fusion bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke’s latest is set to drop September 30. UP, from The Stanley Clarke Band, promises a blend of electric and acoustic bass work from the legendary Clarke. Clarke’s former bandmates, pianist/keyboardist Ruslan Sirota and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. appear on the album being released by Mack Avenue Records, as do acoustic pianist Beka Gochiashivili and drummer...

Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” (1976 Downbeat Awards Performance)
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Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” (1976 Downbeat Awards Performance)

We’re celebrating the birthday of one of the long-time greats in music and bass history, the one and only Stanley Clarke. Here he is performing “Lopsy Lu” at the 1976 Downbeat Poll Winner Awards show, along with Jean-Luc Ponty on violin, Chick Corea on piano and Billy Cobham on drums. Wow. Just wow.

Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001
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Bass of the Week: Lieber Guitars Spellbinder 2001

Stanley Clarke has not only pushed the way people play the bass, he’s helped to push the way people build the bass. The legendary player is known for experimenting with new concepts in bass designs ranging from body materials, electronics, and tunings. In 1979, Clarke commissioned luthier Thomas Lieber to build an all composite bass. Their partnership resulted in a...

Stanley Clarke Announces Band and Duo Tour Dates
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Stanley Clarke Announces Band and Duo Tour Dates

Stanley Clarke is hitting the road once again this summer with several shows in North America and full European tour. The legendary bassist’s band will be have three standalone dates with two festivals in the mix. The Playboy Jazz Festival in Hollywood on June 14th will feature a special tribute to the late George Duke, with whom Clarke was a...

Jeff Beck Group and Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” Live
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Jeff Beck Group and Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” Live

In 2006, Jeff Beck’s group took the stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival, with Randy Hope Taylor on bass, Jason Rebello on keys and Vincent Colaiuta on drums. During the performance, Stanley Clarke joined the band to perform Clarke’s tune “Lopsy Lu” (with Taylor continuing to hold it down, and a little Hendrix thrown in). Enjoy!