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Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi
Exploding into the jazz world in 1971, Stanley was a lanky teenager from the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He arrived in New York City and immediately landed jobs with famous bandleaders such as: Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, and a budding young pianist composer named Chick Corea.
All of these musicians recognized immediately the ferocious dexterity and complete musicality the young Clarke possessed on the acoustic bass. Not only was he expert at crafting bass lines and functioning as a timekeeper in the bass’ traditional role, Stanley also possessed a sense of lyricism and melody gained from his bass heroes Charles Mingus, Scott LaFaro, and others, including non-bass players like John Coltrane. Clarke recognized the opportunity to propel the bass into a viable melodic soloist role and was uniquely qualified to do just that.
Stanley’s current project, an acoustic/electric quartet, features Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara—an artist with staggering technique, larger-than-life energy, and riveting pan-stylistic vocabulary. AllaboutJazz.com calls her work “unfailingly brilliant, innovative, radiant and clever…a shot of adrenalin for tired musical tastes.” This kick-butt band also has Ruslan Sirota keyboards/bass and Ronald Bruner Jr. drums.
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