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Thunder

S.M.V.Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B001BP4U5O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Maestros De Las Frecuencias Bajas
2. Thunder
3. Hillbillies On a Quiet Afternoon
4. Mongoose Walk
5. Los Tres Hermanos
6. Medley: Lopsy Lu/Silly Putty
7. Milano
8. Classical Thump (Jam)
9. Tutu
10. Lil' Victa
11. Pendulum
12. 'Lemme Your Bass'
13. Grits

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From the Artist

"We wanted to make a bass record with a sound that would be somewhat unexpected to the listener," says Stanley Clarke, the elder statesman of the three-man crew, all of whom share songwriting credits on the recording. "The biggest hurdle was to make a record with three basses - very low-end instruments, by definition - that would still be as musical as possible, and I think we achieved that."

"Vic had had this idea to do a bass thing a while back, but we really didn't know when we'd do it," Marcus Miller explains. "After we jammed at the award ceremony, it was clear that it would be pretty easy to do musically. Each one of us found a space to operate that didn't compete with the other. We fell into it pretty naturally. I saw Stanley at the airport the next day and said, `You know we should do this soon, right?' he agreed. We knew Vic was down, because it was his idea in the first place."

Victor Wooten was definitely down: "That performance made us realize how easy it was to play together," he says. "We knew that we had to do it again. We were able to naturally find our own space with and around each other. That's not always easy, especially when three people are all playing the same instrument."

Product Description

SMV is a bass supergroup formed in 2008. The group's name comes from the initials of each of its members, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten. SMV's debut release is the Thunder album. Marcus Miller (bass clarinet, synthesizer, electric bass); Stanley Clarke (acoustic bass, electric bass) and Victor Wooten (electric bass).

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album August 14, 2008
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I pre-ordered this album a while ago and received it yesterday. I absolutely recommend it to every fan of Stanley, Marcus and Victor. This is to my opinion the Jazz album of year. S,M & V show here why they are the best at what they are doing. There is no showing off as pretends one of the reviewers; S, M & V just have uncommon technical skills with their instrument. There are Great compositions, great arrangements and great a sound; in summary, this is great music! The leading and supporting roles are appropriately shared. I find the first song of the album ("Maestros de las Frecuencias Bajas") outstanding. The rhythm used in "Mongoose Walk" is similar to what can be found in some of Richard Bona's albums, a typical central African rhythm: this was perhaps a little salute to Richard. "Los Tres Hermanos" and "Milano" just melt you down, Waooooo!! The harmonies from the basses don't make you feel like you are missing the presence of an electric guitar. The re-arrangement of "Tutu" is outstanding: Stanley's line on the acoustic bass is awesome. Butterscotch does a cool vocal beat box in "Pendulum".

This album is simply GREAT!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bass player/student's dream! February 4, 2009
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There are people who won't appreciate this album, but they won't be bassists, music students or jazz aficianados. To listen to the three masters at work is chilling to this longtime student of the instrument. Victor Wooten's double-thumping style is unmistakable; I saw him do it in a college classroom and still can't get it. Stanley Clarke's tenor bass work on the Spellbinder custom is like no other player out there and reminds this reviewer of the late 80s work, If This Bass Could Only Talk, in which Clarke featured the late jazz-tap dancer Gregory Hines. Having a tap-dancer on a record was unheard-of in its day, and Clarke cuts new ground again with a bass trio that he clearly leads. Yet it is Miller who is the glue, often as the pacesetter with slap-pops and other rhythms but also as the producer of the album and its main keyboardist. And if my ear and knowledge of the prior works of these three treats me well, it is Miller that plays the perpetual motion lead bass line in "Classical Thump." Even though all three of these cats play with similar technique, what makes this album most delightful is trying to decide who is doing which line.

An instrumental masterpiece. Maybe a follow-up would include Louis "Thunderthumbs" Johnson just to drive the point home.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, new sound September 29, 2008
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We saw these three at the Hollywood Bowl and were amazed at their music. Different and interesting. Not every song is great, but the majority of them are worth listening to again and again. I would definitely make this purchase again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masters at work September 23, 2008
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This is a great CD and a must for all bass players.It is great to see true masters of their art. It sure would be nice if it would inspire some real talented musicians who can play back to the music recording industry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nicely Done August 26, 2008
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Stanley, Marcus and Victor have outdone themselves. A great new version of Clarke's "Lopsy Lu". If you are a fan of any of these bassist, you won't be disappointed with Thunder. Great recording . . . lots of bass!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island October 27, 2009
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Take this with you on your desert island if you only have your 10 favorite albums to bring...this album is ADDICTING!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool jazzfunk!! October 2, 2009
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We heard the three men playing together at North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this year. We were completely taken by surprise on how funky and dynamic it was. My husband, who had not heard any of the three before, and usually likes rock, was superenthused and I was happy I could get him more excited about jazz than usually.

The men were just Gods on the guitar, cool stances (put a beard on the three of them and they could have been the Jazz ZZ top) and they got the big hall rocking
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live in Barcelona December 16, 2008
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This something to behold. The album is fantastic; and live is even better. Believe it or not, these are the short versions of this material. Unlike some instrumentals which are sharp and ear piercing, this is more reminiscent seeing Yo-yo Ma on steroids. There are sweet tones that are both warm and exciting.
The amazing thing about this CD is that each musician finds his own place and there is no clash between the multiple basses. They listen to each other and expand on each other. I would list my favorite songs, but each time I listen to the CD I develop a new "favorite". These musicians truly are the Masters of the Bass Frequencies.
We saw them at a club called Razz Ma Tazz in Barcelona and it was fantastic! The encore was an incredible rendition of School Daze that featured solos and a collaboration by the three best bass players alive today. Buy this disc and see this band. It is a once in a life time opportunity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Three virtuouso bassists on a same album. I say yes.
Published 2 hours ago by Gabriel Guillocheau
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine quality for select buyers
If you love precision AND bass, then this is a must have from great artists!
Published 2 days ago by techsavvy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice CD
Published 24 days ago by ilovemusic
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good
Sounds good
Published 1 month ago by Devilsfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like electric bass jazz?
These three gentlemen knock out the base lines like no-one else can. Each, on his own, is a recognized achiever in jazz circles.
The three together are incredible. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mojave Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars SMV
I had to buy this again because I wasn't ready the first time. Now I am and its deep! Still Stanley is the Man!
Published 11 months ago by paulwbranner
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanley
Are you kidding?This album/disk is a must have for anyone that loves jazz/fusion!!!! I'd recommend this music to diehard jazz 1920's folks. It's that good!!!!
Published 12 months ago by kevin franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream of Bass talent
Bass dreams, coming together and playing their instruments at a high talent level. If you love the bass you will love this CD.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Asque
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bass work.
Heard of all three bassists. It seems the more you listen the more it is easier to choose your favorites. I am so glad they used real drums and no vocals. Good move. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kop1
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
Before getting this album I had never even heard of any of these guys (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller or Victor Wooten). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mark H. Tucker
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