Stanley Clarke's Legendary Bass Hits Jazz Alley
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM
(Jazz Alley) Well, this is bad timing. Stanley Clarke will surely be distraught after the recent death of his friend, frequent collaborator, and keyboard legend George Duke. Nevertheless, one suspects Clarke will soldier through his sadness and deliver a technically dazzling show. A deity of melody on the standup and electric bass, Clarke has plucked those four heavy strings for the fiery, rococo Return to Forever, the third greatest-jazz-fusion band ever (after Mahavishnu Orchestra and Miles Davis's '70s groups), and in a long, distinguished solo career that includes the classic LP School Days. Come witness Clarke's astonishing technique, with accompaniment by pianist Mahesh Balasooriya and drummer Michael Mitchell.