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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,344 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

Editorial Reviews

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).

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."

Customer Reviews

I pre-ordered this album a while ago and received it yesterday.
Jean Pierro
The skill displayed is awesome and it somehow manages to very captivating - an amazing feat considering how bass-heavy the music is.
Mark H. Tucker
This is a great album for those interested in playing the electric bass.
J. Dupont Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jean Pierro on 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 By Phil Alexander on 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 By N. Schwager on 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 By Jack Johnson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Peters on September 19, 2008
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Thunder is one of the best CDs ever composed. I had an idea of what I was buying because I went to see S.M.V. live at the Paramount in Charlottesville, Virginia. These three masters of bass-playing put on a wonderful show. The entire audience gave standing ovations galore. Several songs from that performance are on this CD.

The CD starts with the first track, Maestros De Las Frecuencias Bajas, setting the tone. What follows is pure, low frequency sounds that boggle the mind - three bass harmony. Who would have thought bass playing could compliment another bass, or two in this case. This CD will have songs with lead bass playing along with rhythm bass, plus thunder low-bass-just flat out awesome. All of the tracks are great, but the true meat of this CD is with track 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13. These tracks display S.M.V.'s individual talents yet blends them together for our musical delight. Again, don't get me wrong, they are all great tracks but the brilliance of what this CD represents is displayed on the tracks I mentioned. Track 7 is Stanley playing the upright bass. It will sound like several instruments are playing but believe me, most of what you will be hearing is Mr. Clarke playing by himself. Track 9 has Marcus Miller playing the clarinette to perfection. Of course, it is a "bass" clarinette. Definitely purchase this CD. It is a five star CD or none exists anywhere for any artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ThrottleJockey on 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 By Tim Harrington on 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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