Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
1 2 to the Bass
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Philadelphia-born bassist Stanley Clarke is a first-generation fusionist who burst on the scene with Return to Forever in the '70s. From then to now, he recorded a number of critically-acclaimed recordings that encompassed... more »
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Philadelphia-born bassist Stanley Clarke is a first-generation fusionist who burst on the scene with Return to Forever in the '70s. From then to now, he recorded a number of critically-acclaimed recordings that encompassed jazz, rock, r&b, and funk with George Duke, Al DiMeola, and Lenny White. On this CD, Clarke is joined by Duke, guitarist Joe Satriani, saxophonist Everette Harp, flautist Hubert Laws, violinist Dr. L Subramaniam, and drummer Vinny Colaiuta. The title track features the hip-hop contributions of Q-Tip, while "Just Cruzin'" is Clarke's straight-ahead, piccolo bass shout to Wes Montgomery. "I Shall Not Be Moved" is a spiritual piece co-produced by Quincy Jones, featuring Oprah Winfrey reciting lines from a Maya Angelou poem. But "About the Bass" is Clarke's eight-minute long tour-de-force where he reminds everybody, in no uncertain terms, that he's still king of the lower frequencies. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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Tired and bored...
Richard T. Hall | USA | 02/22/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"...is the general vibe this record presents. Even my co-worker sitting next to me upon hearing the first few tracks verbalized my thoughts on this recording. Coincidence? I don't think so. It sounds more like Stanley recorded this out of obligation to his fans(and perhaps his record company?) rather than being genuinely inspired to make music. Nothing sticks out on this record in my opinion. Truth is this record fairly reeks of smooth jazzism and bedroom music, something I'm sure old school Stanley fans would find disdainful. No edge, no excitement, and no grit. And that's about it folks. But one word does come to mind when describing 1,2 to the Bass...conservative."
Nice try, but no cigar !
rkenter | Madras, Tamil Nadu, India | 03/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Stanley's latest effort after nearly a decade is pretty good but by no means great.We all know that he is capable of much better stuff. Yep, there is some influence of his movie scores here especially on the track Los Caballos (The Horses). The instrumental tracks probably work best on this album. A talented guitarist like Joe Satriani is wasted on the song 'HAIR'. There is no room for someone like Oprah Winfrey on an album of this nature. Her spoken words alone constitute 6 min+ !. The presence of jazz veterans like Hubert Laws, Paul Jackson jr, Vinnie Colaiuta, George Duke & saxophonist Everette Harp save this album to a large extent. Indian violinist L.Subramaniam adds some finesse to the tracks All the Children & Shanti. With support from all these jazz giants Stanley with some better writing could have transformed this into a much better album !"