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Stanley Clarke


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Clarke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having graduated from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, 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.

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During this period he joined the fusion group Return to Forever led by pianist Chick Corea. The group became one of the most important fusion groups and released several successful and musically highly varied albums. Clarke also started his solo career in the early 1970s and released a number of albums under his own name. His most famous album is School Days (1976), which along with Jaco Pastorius’s self-titled debut is held up as one of the greatest bass albums in the history of Jazz Fusion.

His albums Stanley Clarke (1974) and Journey to Love (1975) are also notable.

Clarke’s electric bass style is a combination of many factors.

Equipment - Clarke has always been very strongly associated with Alembic basses and the vast majority of his recorded output has been produced with one model of Alembic or another, particularly a dark-wood-colored custom bass in the Series I body style. These basses are handmade neck-through instruments made from a mixture of exotic woods and a proprietary active pickup system that is powered from an external preamplifier. Clarke also utilizes full-range amplification for his basses, more in keeping with a keyboardist’s rig than a bassist’s or guitarists.


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  • MusicMagic77

    >> also check out The Stanley Clarke Band

    24 Aug 3:14pm Reply
  • cottoneyejoejoe

    damn dude is fucking A!

    28 Apr 8:43pm Reply
  • johny016

    this is so incredible. impossible to not fall in love with those riffs.

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • petesr15230

    Rock N' Jelly! #1 This guy can jam with Beck

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • catlover37

    Power should be more popular..its better than Lopsy Lu.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant... 6.48 - 7.10.

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Shango505

    His work on Promise of a fisherman on Santana's Borboletta album is a must hear

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Kretenos

    happy birthday!

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BrunoPuffVargas

    I love this guy!!!

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • mUCUS32

    use to live and breathe stanley and RTF in the 80s, god I could dust off my 2 vinyls of the clarke duke project ...... my record player she dont work though!

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Gurnkge_Giskrd

    qué manos tan mounstrosamente divinas vi tocar el bajo y el contrabajo en el riviera maya jazz fest!!!!!

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Firstlittlejo

    You tube shows dozens of folks doing their version of "Good bye pork pie hat" and a few live with Stanley and friends. No one comes close to his version!! Live at the Greek is the Best!!! Too bad not on you tube. Billy Cobham, Larry Carlton, Najee and Deron Johnson really compliment Stanley and knock this version out of the park!! I want video of this Now!!!!

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • musicsdope

    Fuck man, this dude can play some bass!

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Firstlittlejo

    Just checking in.

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • amniocentesis

    Hate to break it to you Carlospant; Jaco isn't anything. He's dead.

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • fastfoodhiphop

    Swung On

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Carlospant

    Jaco is better!

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    LEGEND !!

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • robotkarel

    soon in Playa del Carmen Jazz Festival

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Assedor

    Musician with its virtuoso performances outstripped the musical era. Inspired by the philosophical concepts and personal experience has expanded the boundaries of modern music.

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
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