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  • Audio CD (25 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Jazz
  • ASIN: B000026HCE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra Part I
2. Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra Part II
3. Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra Part III
4. Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra Part IV
5. Silly Putty
6. Journey To Love
7. Hello Jeff
8. Song To John (Part I)
9. Song To John (Part II)
10. "Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Pt. 1-4"

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. SMOUT on 13 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Certainly a fantastic buy if you like your Jazz-Fusion. This album is a great mix of different tracks slow and fast, rocky and jazzy, including performances with Jeff Beck (Hello Jeff) and George Duke (Journey To Forever) and never fails to disappoint. The album opens well, going through jerky trumpet bursts and slappy basslines typical of Stanley Clarke, to slow melodies, guitar-infused funk-rock and then into the Concerto pieces at the end, exploring more traditional double-bass Jazz styles intercut with more familiar Fusion and Rock parts in between.

While definitely more downtempo in parts than the dance-a-thon that is School Days, Stanley Clarke's "Journey to Forever" doesn't disappoint across the board. Well worth a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Stan on 'JTL' encompasses all that is good and dubious about Jazz -rock. His talent as an arranger, player and band leader is without question. Plus he is able to pull in high power guests like Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Jeff Beck to add real distinction to the proceedings. The music for the most part is memorable, exciting and varied. The superb 'Hello Jeff' is perhaps the highlight of the bunch. Guitarists will not be surprised at how good Jeff Beck and Stanley Clarke sound together.

The less impressive side of Stanley's efforts would be his occasional stab at singing. Though, his voice is pleasant, it is no more then a distraction from the main action for the most part. My only other issue with this set is the extended piece 'Concerto For Jazz /Rock Orchestra p 1-4) which while it has its moments is just a tad overblown and occasionally hard on the ears.

Is this a great album? Well I think its very good if not quite a classic. It is good to remember that when Stanley made 'JTL' he was in his early 20's. Some achievement!

Ps: This album defiantly deserves a remaster. Why are record companies so lax with their assets?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny L on 28 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album shows succinctly the young Stanley Clarke's musicality. All the tunes are penned by him, and with a list of guest musicians; George Duke, John McLaughlin, David Sancious and Steve Gadd, added to his RTF colleagues Lenny White and Chick Corea (playing on different tracks), the whole album concept is all Jazz Rock (or Fusion if you prefer).
Jeff Beck plays on the title track and 'Hello Jeff', a result of the mutual admiration Beck and Clarke held for each other; it was at the time Beck was moving into Jazz and Clarke into Rock.
The album opens with 'Silly Putty', a syncopated funky drumbeat backing the interplay between George Duke, Stanley and the brass section. It's a tune that doesn't quite feel right in parts, but does in the whole.
'Journey to Love' has a fine Jeff Beck solo that whines and growls through a lilting tune with a hidden force.
'Hello Jeff' follows, it's a rock track as played by Jazz musicians. Written as a tribute to Beck, it is a fine piece of music that allows Stanley to lay down some fast licks.
'Song to John' (Parts I and II) straddled the old vinyl and tape sides 1 and 2. Different in tempo and feel, on the CD they seamlessly join, and all the better for it. With Chick Corea, who shares the writing credits, and John McLaughlin, playing with acoustic instruments, the two tracks complement each other perfectly.
'Concerto For Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Parts I to IV' is a mini-masterpiece in the genre (ok, perhaps not mini, it's 15 minutes long). The separate parts allude to the 'concerto', and each is what best defines mid-70's Jazz Rock.
In a genre that can be saturated with fast multi-note breaks that pass as Jazz Rock, this album, from a giant of the art, lays down the guidelines and stamps authority into them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Needham on 17 Jan. 2015
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Another original album from one of the most underrated bass players.Buy it !
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Stanley's In Top Form Here, Even With The Cheese 11 Nov. 2004
By P. McKenna - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
JTL is Stanley's 3rd solo effort and shows much growth and ambition, not to mention diversity.

"Silly Putty" - Stanley and George Duke kick out the funk with TONS of melody and good vibes. Great horn charts that would do Tower of Power proud, plus, I used to LOVE playing this tune on bass myself to warm up with. Great fun.

"Journey to Love" - The one real weak track that could've been a gem if the dippy L Ron Hubbard lyrics and vocals were eliminated altogether, would've beena cool instrumental though not groundbreaking by any means

"Hello Jeff" - Stanley rocks out w/ Jeff Beck and the creative sparks fly! A fun fiercely rocking piece, great to play when driving especially! Beck just tears it up with his searing bluesy melodicism!

"Song to John Pts I & II" - Stanley, John McLaughlin and Chick Corea create a beautiful tapestry of heartfelt music that honors Coltrane and yet doesn't clone or copy him. Indescribably expressive and beautiful!

"Concerto for Jazz-Rock Orchestra" - The album's piece de resistance'. The ethereal intro was a bit over-long but once past that, when Stanley comes in with that piccolo bass, you're off on a wild ride like no other! Complex rhtyhms fly from drummer Steve Gadd, there's death-defying brass passages (I LOVE the brass arrangements on here!), Stanley underpinning the whole thing and David Sancious, who normally plays keyboards lays into some ferocious, smoking post-Hendrix guitar. Great stuff that builds to an apocalyptic end!

Despite the gaffe with the title cut, this is GREAT STUFF from a magical time when fusion was genuinely creative.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
All Good 8 Dec. 2004
By AustinTeddy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Not one bad cut. The great thing about this album is you can take each of the musicians singly and explore what they are doing. Listen to Jeff Beck...not on "Hello Jeff" (actually DO listen to that too!) but on "Journey to Love". His haunting solo fits perfectly with the mood of the song...and gives it the Beck Edge. George Duke glides throughout. David Sanctious (sp?) is a monster...not just on keyboard but guitar as well. From Stanley's original "Stanley Clarke" through this album and then to "School Days" this three album era was Stanley stepping out and rippin it up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Stanley Clarke's Journey To Love 29 Oct. 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Flourishing in a musical environment where rock,jazz and funk could exist in an infinate variety of flavors and combinations Stanley Clarke followed up his self titled second album with this album. On every song his thumping,vamping as well as the fusion of both technically demanding funkiness and improvisations on both electric and acoustic bass alone would make this a truly remarkable listening experience. At the same time the high level of quality here goes far deeper than that. Although not always as fluid compositionally as some of his contempories Clarke's abilities lay in not only his own aggressive attack on his instrument but in how he melded so well together with the other musicians surrounding him. That includes the likes of David Sancious,Lenny White,John McLaughlin,Steve Gadd,Jeff Beck and the man who would become Clarke's musical brother in arms for many years:George Duke. More than anything all the music here really showcases how the combination of Clarke and Duke's electric and acoustic flair,although very different in feeling managed to create a sound that was not only distinctive but baught out the best qualities in each player. "Silly Putty" showcases both their talents on a spirited horn funk jam where Clarke thumps his way right into Duke's rubbery synthesizer flavors....well like silly putty. The atmospheric title song has Clarke playing in both styles and,while his (at best) untutored vocals on the song are not a highlite they do provide a certain level of reality suspension that provide just the right touch to this more jazzy number. "Hello Jeff" has Clarke rocking out in fine style with Jeff Beck and it really makes it clear that these two would have been served so well doing a duet album together,both in funk and rock stylings. Considering how the influence of John Coltrane was showing up all over the place in the early to mid 70's Clarke's two part tribute "Song To John" finds him improvising some of his most impressive harmonic textures especially on acoustic bass. As a long time wanna be acoustic bassist myself I find this piece particularly since 'trane has his own musical influence on myself and I really enjoy the combination of bass playing in conjunction with some of his influence. The album ends much the same way the previous album did-with a long 14+ "Concerto For Jazz/Rock Orchestra",a very proggy fusion jam which finds Clarke and his entire bad coming together to do their stuff. There's a lot of bombast here of course but in the end it's all really worth it. Considering he was only three albums into his solo career at this point the album showcases so much continual growth even within itself that his musical future was more than sufficiantly assured.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Essential Stanley Clarke record 6 Nov. 2002
By Michael Kydonieus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Alright, so the title track and Concerto for Rock/Jazz Orchestra can get a little cheesy. So what? Give the man a little credit for being ambitious. This album ranges from funk to rock to jazz to soul to orchestral jazz. The youthful energy and spirit throughout just makes you want to smile. Besides, the opening track is hilarious and funky at the same time. Song for John is by turns contemplative and spellbinding. Hello Jeff is a great vehicle for Jeff Beck. Oh, and by the way, Stanley's playing is fantastic on the whole album. It would be churlish to complain about a lack of maturity here and there. I think the guy was maybe twenty when he made this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Take the Perfect Path 7 Jun. 2010
By Best Of All - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As fusion began to take a tight grip around the music industry - and elbow its way onto FM rock playlists and earn grudging slots in jazz formats - many young artists demonstrated the motivation and energy to hack out of the trail paved by Miles Davis and find their own way.

In arguably the finest solo effort from Stanley Clarke, an all-star lineup - that includes Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Lenny White, Jon Faddis, George Duke, Steve Gadd, David Sancious and Tom "Bones" Malone - bolsters the punch from the six tracks that clock in at nearly 40 minutes.

The 14:25 of "Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Parts 1-4" is as impressive a composition ever penned by Clarke and captures the meticulous artistry of the jazz/rock sound. Beck propels the title cut and struts with hot licks on "Hello Jeff." The two-part tribute to John Coltrane - "Song to John, Part 1 and Part 2" - has the sweet canvas painted by the touching acoustic piano of Corea and acoustic guitar of McLaughlin. "Silly Putty" is a slick kick-off with Clarke seizing the spotlight.

Having the backing of Columbia Records - which was heavily promoting jazz artists during this era - certainly didn't hurt, but the quality of this album would have found the turntables of top reviewers and fans even if it was only available by mail order.
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