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It has been somewhat of a frustrating run for fans of uber-bassist Stanley Clarke's legendary, genre-defining '70s work. After establishing himself as the world's premier four-string jazz-rock maestro with his work in Return to Forever and solo albums such as School Days, Clarke altered his focus by churning out middling commercial funk pop and soundtracks. They diluted his status as a talented musician whose fleet-fingered style and elaborate picking technique influenced a generation of bass players. But he's back now, with an anti-war-propelled set that is an encouraging and convincing return to form. The opening 11-minute, six-part suite, featuring fiery fiddle from the intriguingly named Mads Tolling, sounds like prime-era Mahavishnu Orchestra, and also highlights Clarke's frantic yet precise staccato technique on his instrument. It alone is worth the price of this disc, but the remaining dozen tracks emphasize Clarke's intentions to prove he's never lost his touch. He shifts between acoustic and electric settings, inserting stark solo and duo interludes that spotlight his prodigious talent between longer work-outs with his tight group. "Bad Asses," where he is accompanied only by drums, sizzles with thumb-numbing, lightning-hot funk and "Chateauvallon 1972 (Dedicated to Tony Williams)" finds Clarke in fusion territory again working a sizzling, dramatic slow riff as powerful and vital as anything he has done in decades. Long-time admirers now have an album that indisputably proves Stanley Clarke hasn't lost a step as the foremost bass player of his generation. --Hal Horowitz
HEAR WE AGAIN STANLEY CLARKE HAS DONE IT AGAIN A VERY NICE ALBUM FORM A BASS MASTERPublished 12 months ago by OLDSCHOOLCOOL
I wanted this CD because of the keyboardist Ruslan Sirota and Ruslan did not disappoint!
I especially wanted to hear the track "Jerusalem".
Great music by Stanley Clarke master electric bassman, before this I only had the clarke Duke project! First cut will blow you away! Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Robert Rotunno
It's difficult for me to write and listen to Stanley. I get all caught up in the moment, in short this is a joy, and a wonderment...Published on March 29, 2011 by Clarence Winbush
Stanley puts all his talent and heart in this album. Just listen to the first song and you can tell where SC come from. Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by W. Noshie
this is such a wonderful, though nowadays altogether too infrequent offering from Stanley Clarke. Welcome and a pure pleasure. Read morePublished on February 22, 2009 by ezyErnie
This disc starts out with avery good song approximately eleven minutes long.It is all downhill from there.A lot of the songs are just Stanley on the bass. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Kevin R. Van Horn