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Bassist Stanley Clarke was barely out of his teens when he exploded into the jazz world in 1971. Fresh out of 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.

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Jazz
  • ASIN: B00009L4VV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1, 2, To the Bass feat. Q-Tip
2. Simply Said
3. Where Is The Love feat. Glenn Lewis & Amel Larrieux
4. Anna (She Loves The Good Life)
5. Los Caballos (The Horses)
6. Just Cruizin'
7. 'Bout the Bass
8. Hair
9. Touch
10. Todos Los Niños (All the Children)
11. I Shall Not Be Moved
12. Shanti

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By CJ Mann on 9 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Don't buy this thinking it's another "School Days" - you should already have that album and play it whenever you need some inspiration.

Reading the liner notes of this one, it was made following a prolonged period spent on film scores and on getting interested in other forms of music. So you get rap on the title track, lovely soul vocals on "Where is the Love", something cinematic and deeply funky on "Anna (She Loves the Good Life)" and astonishing solo acoustic bass on "Touch".

Stanley Clarke is just not like other bassists: he could play all the bass parts on this record but he leaves room for guest players, including Jimmy "Fingerlicking" Earl and Armand Sabal-Lecco. Of course the solos are instantly recognisable as Stanley - and that's why you're interested in the first place.

This album includes a tribute to Larry Graham and showcases some other 'Lords of the Low End' but, make no mistake, it's Stanley on the bass, bass, bass, bass.
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By Mr. T. Gall on 29 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Stanley Clarke is without doubt is one of the greatest pioneers of the bass and this album shows him hitting more of the main stream. Great playing and those who may not be such big jazz fans should also enjoy it! Would def. recommend it to all!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray C on 11 May 2010
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I am a Stanley Clarke fan and own most of his albums. This one is far too mainstream for me. There are some good moments but overall, I have to say I am disappointed. I expected more from such a great artist. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad record but there is far too much Pop and not enough Jazz in it for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Smooth Stanley 5 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a Smooth Jazz album from Stanley Clarke. It does start off with a Rap/Bass duo with Q-Tip;but after that it's pretty much Smooth Jazz/Funk. It's hard to give a Stanley Clarke album a poor rating,because Stanley is such a phenomenal Musician and one of the best Bass Players in the world. Stanley does(as usual)lay down some amazing Bass lines,but they are far and few between on this album. There is one track "Touch",which is a Live track with Stanley playing Acoustic Bass,and it's great;but I don't know why it's on this album.
I really feel that Stanley's die-hard Fans would be overjoyed to hear him do a Jazz/Rock Fusion album again like "School Days" or "Journey To Love", or even an album like the band He and Lenny White put together in 1999 "VERTU" which is a great album! I don't know why Stanley made an album like this or what he's trying to do? Stanley has so much Creative Talent;and to make a "POP" CD is definitely in my opinion taking a step backward.
It's "MUSIC" that's most important; not Money and Marketing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You can't anticipate....greatness! 28 May 2003
By duce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Especially when it comes to a genuis like Stanley. He can arrange and perform any type of music that comes into his mind. His depth of creativity you cannot anticipate, comprehend or duplicate....so the option is to truly appreciate. This CD clearly demonstrates Stanley's progression into this particular music era, and he blends all of his experience in the "movie" world into this CD. Many of the songs have a certain "fullness" with strings that perhaps I just never noticed before.
1, 2 is really cool, "Where is the Love" is well done (although I didn't care much for the female vocals) "Anna" (She loves the good life) is so AWESOME I can't stop playing this one, "Bout the Bass" is the show, so you know in certain terms that he's still the man. All of the other material on this CD is exceptional and he utilizes some of the best musicians throughout. But what would you expect from greatness...other than the BEST!
This was worth the wait!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 3 July 2003
By jay p. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime Stanley fan, and a person who has seen him live more than a dozen times, I found this uninspired effort to be most disappointing.
Stanley seems to have forgotten the importance an interesting rhythm section plays in carrying the melody. The drum and bass rhythms on these tunes are repetitive and unimaginative to the point of being hypnotic. Although Stanley plays well (of course) his solos lack the type of phrasing that would indicate his intention to convey a feeling with his playing, rather than blurting out some really fast stuff. No lagging behind the beat; no laying out for a measure; just the blurt!
If you listen to some of his earlier work, the drum work is noteworthy, and the bass rhythms are worthy of imitation. Such is not the case on this effort. The fact that he plays the bottom on very few songs is indicative that he has forgotten what the bass' primary function is. Other bass virtuosos, namely Marcus Miller, seem to be able to pull off both aspects of playing without causing the other to suffer. Whether its lack of motivation, or creativity, Stan seems to have lost his way, and we are the poorer for it! I regret having heard this effort. It saddens me.
Next time, Stanley, work from the inside, out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Actually A Lot Better Than I Remember It Being 16 Oct. 2010
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album it was loaned to me by a local musican/DJ who had a weekend funk/jazz show on the University Of Maine's WMED radio station. It had just came out then and basically I heard bits and pieces of it in the car,doing chores around the house,etc. I really wasn't that tuned into it in a serious way. One thing about this album is,considering the relatively long wait between this and Clarke's previous album could be something of a commentary on Stanley Clarke himself:this album is definately geared towards musician's musicians. The instrumentation is adventurous,exciting and moody all at the same time was well as being extremely fluid technically. But what's new with Stanley right? All the same one thing hasn't changed either;he doesn't often emphasize his abilities as a composer in the same manner as his equally prolific musical partner George Duke. Therefore Clarke often shines more in that respect in interpreting the songs of others as well as bringing in guests to emphasize that. Here he delivers the best of both worlds. It's musically diverse for sure but the important thing is that it represents his instrumental ability of his own while also revealing his gift for melodic playing by utilizing singers and cover material. Stanley injects a healthy dose of "jazz-hop" style into the title song featuring rap scatting courtesy of Q-Tip. There are echoes of some of Miles Davis's comeback work in the early 80's in the lumbering funk style here too. Many of the songs such as "Simply Said","Los Caballos" and "Just Cruzin'",the latter an homage to Wes Montgomery and George Benson all showcase Clarke in slick midtempo settings often accompanied by an orchestra as well as his band. "Where Is The Love" is an excellent vocal number with Glenn Lewis and Groove Theory's Amel Larrieux's trading off on Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack's parts on the song and interjected a lot of gospel influenced vocal theatrics as well. One of the best songs here,and also it's funkiest is "'Bout The Bass",a bass extravaganza for Stanley featuring a production that is not only Timbaland/Neptunes friendly but also bearing that influence out with Shango/Grand Mixer DS.T style 80's hip-hop effects:it pulls together two eras of hip-hop based funk. Stanley himself shows up on vocals on a cover of Graham Central Station's "Hair" and does a fine job on both fronts,maintaing in every measurable way the hard groove of the original. "Touch",another bass oriented song recorded live is long and a tad showoffsky in places,focusing on Stanley's abilities as a fusion jazz musician and improvisational player. "I Shall Be Moved" is a very ambitious piece and another highlite. Over a longing jam fron Stanley set to Maya Angelou's poetry,as well as being narrated by Oprah Winfrey in an appropriately intense style it's a fine not to the spiritually Afrocentric jazz/funk/poetry musical scene of the 70's that spawned Gil Scott Heron,The Last Poets and the entire hip-hop movement later on. It's not the sort of thing you'd expect to hear during this millenium even on a jazz album and comes as a very exciting surprise. Because of the fact Stanley recorded very infrequently in the 90's this album was a bit too abruptly released to be a huge success and in fact is a bit long winded and eclectic even for Stanley Clarke. But when viewed in a context it's certainly one of his most successfully ambitious and thought provoking albums both musically and,where applicable lyrically.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1, 2, is a different kind of Stanley CD 11 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I never understand people who want an artist to do a record like one they did 20 years ago. Stanley could have made another fusion record and sold about 50 copies.
"1, 2, To The Bass" is a selection of tracks that reflect the diversity and range of Stanley Clarke, as he is TODAY!!!
If you still live in the 70's, bell bottoms, velvet paintings and all, first you should check your calendar, and then you probably shouldn't get this record. But if you are a person who can embrace a diverse range of music that reflects the modern musical culture(and then some), plus some blazing bass licks, this is the disc is one should check out.
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