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  • Audio CD (August 19, 1994)
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B0000020H5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andre' S Grindle on October 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Those of you who remember George Duke's 1977 Epic debut album

'From Me To You' will have a good clue as to how Stanley Clarke's

'Modern Man' album sounds.Clarke tries to orchestrate a very

lavish production here-mixing keyboards,horns and strings into

the mix and often downplaying his bass playing.The title cut,

"More Hot Fun"-a reprise from 'School Days',to a certain

extent the funky 'Slow Dance'and most heavily on the charged up

rocker "Rock N' Roll Jelly".And unlike before Clarke's highly

flawed and surreal vocal style makes sense on the vocal pieces.

And unlike his former leader Chick Corea Clarke doesn't choose

to weigh down 'Modern Man' with silly or childish musical ideas.

And even if he adds a strange element of folkey pop to some of the songs,whitch is very atypical of fusion in general,'Modern

Man' is one of Stanley Clarke's 'head projects' that actually

works in the end.It will be necessary to put some time into this

album (if you can find the CD like I did) but for those who do

there are many rewards for your openness.
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This album is one of the first albums I heard of Stanley's and is still one of my favorites. A lot of people consider it a jazz album, but it has the roots of rock, jazz, soul and funk to it. After years of looking for it, I finally found a copy. I just don't understand why it's such a rarity. Any bass player and/or rock, jazz, soul, and funk fan would love it.
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In 1976 School Days not only offered up Stanley Clarke's best known composition,itself a virtual training ground for other jazz/funk bass players,but it also offered up his most focused album statement to that point. There was a move towards more melodic styles of composing as well-rather than focusing so heavily on instrumental technique. Clarke was moving into a space where he was creating music possessed of both strong ability and memorability. During 1977 Return To Forever broke up. And Stanley Clarke gathered together an enormous group of singers and musicians such as his longtime musical companion Jeff Beck,Ray Gomez,Jeff Porcaro,Dee Dee Bridgewater and Maxine Waters for an album that would not only focus even further attention on his burgeoning talents as a bass player,arranger and composer but on the vocal arrangement of his happily growing singing. Clarke's vocals were,shall I say by far among the lesser of his musical talents. But by 1978? His abilities in that regard were beginning to change to some degree.

An opening statement of a drum roll and horn fanfare opens the album as Stanley declares his power as coming "from the pluck of a string". This goes into the smooth,almost soft rock styled "He Lives On (Story About The Last Journey Of A Warrior". After this? Its back to a couple slices of serious funk "More Hot Fun" revisits one of his classics from the previous album-of course with more emphasis on the horns and backup singing of Bridgewater and Waters. "Slow Dance" again features the backup singers-as-lead concept-with a bluesy,slow grooving jam lead by pounding piano accents.
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I had this on cassette back in the day.Rock RolN Jelly was the reason i bought it back then. It finally showed up in the Amazon MP3 store. You can hear Clarke branching out as a studio technician. You get a variety of styles. Funk,soul and a lil rock too. 'Hail Space warriors you have come a long way' still cracks me up. I saw Clarke at SMU McFarlin auditorium on this tour. Modern Man and 'I wanna play for you'(which i still have on LP )are my Favs of Clarke. I admit a lot of the pleasure of listening to this is reminiscing of those wondrous times but hey that aint so bad. Now go get you 'some more Hot Fun..'
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Why did I pay 30$ for this ridiculous throw-back of the worst cliches of Jazz/Fusion. I couldn't understand what I had ever seen in this stupid music, as I sat dumbfounded upon on my first incomplete listen. And then, the next time, as I finished the album it all came back to me, every song was a build-up, a ridiculous send-up to the second to last song, Rock and Roll Jelly. After this climax there was no longer any doubt as to why I always loved this particular Stanley Clarke album. A truly sublime work that may be dated in time but no less relevant.
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I was about 3 years old when Stanley Clarke did this wonderful album with so many great musicians together. My father, who is still a music fanatic, picked lots of jazz music from all over the world, mainly from Germany and sometimes in small shops in Hungary. Yes, it was during the communism era, in Hungary.

So, when I was a child, my father listened to such music a lot, including Chick Corea, The Crusaders, B.B. King, Weather Report, Blood Sweat and Tears, War, Chase and lots more. He is still a music fan who collects huge amounts of music.

When I became 18, I collected some interesting music for background material in a radio camp, in Hungary. It was 1993. I accidently found my father's tape with 'Modern Man' which was recorded back in the early 1980s when the Hungarian Radio was broadcasting a big amount of quality music regulary. So I took Stanley Clarke's wonderful music and tried to show to other people in the camp.

Unfortunately I lost this copy in the camp. And unfortunately the tape became out of usage: noone uses tapes for home entertainment today in the age of the DVDs. I wasn't able to listen Stanley's music during 11 years, but I always remembered many songs, mainly the 'More Hot Fun' and 'Dayride'.

This year I accidently downloaded some samples from the internet and during the last month I was able to put together the whole album from internet resources --- except the last song, 'Closing'. Great songs, I can still feel the same old happiness like a child in the house of my father. :-)

After 11 years I can emphasize that 'Modern Man' is still much better than I thought when I was 18. A wonderful music, I cannot stop singing it in my spare time. Congratulations to everyone who contributed in Stanley's project.
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