Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Stanley Clarke is 58

Renowned bass guitarist Stanley Clarke celebrates his birthday today.
Born in Philadelphia on June 30, 1951, Stanley Clarke burst onto the jazz scene in the early '70's.
Clarke instantly became recognized for his ferocious dexterity on the bass. He was an expert performing the instrument’s traditional role as a timekeeper, yet he possessed a sense of lyricism and melody inspired by his bass heroes Charles Mingus, and Scott LaFaro, as well as non-bass players like John Coltrane. It was also in the early 1970's, that Stanley teamed with pianist Chick Corea in the group Return To Forever, one of the chief bands that ushered in the evolution of the jazz fusion genre.
Throughout the following decades, Clarke teamed numerous musicians, both on tour and in the studio (including world tours with Jeff Beck, Keith RichardsNew Barbarians).
His creativity has been recognized and rewarded in most every conceivable manner, ranging from gold and platinum records, GRAMMY Awards, Emmy Awards, and winner of virtually every readers and critics poll in existence including being named Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year, and bassist winner of Playboy’s Music Award for ten straight years.
Stanley has also composed numerous film and television scores.

Clarke has most recently toured and recorded as part of the bass supergroup SMV, which also featuers Marcus Miller and Flecktone Victor Wooten.

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