Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Stanley Clarke debuts tonight at "Jazz Cafe"

TUE 20, WED 21 & THU 22 MAY 7:00 PM £25.00 - £27.50 ADV 18+

Jazz café exclusive for one of my fusion heroes!

The Jazz Café
5 Parkway, London
Ticket Line: 0870 060 3777

The legendary bassist is widely recognized for making the world acknowledge the electric bass as a versatile and vital force—one capable of a kaleidoscope of colors, textures and percussive elements previously ascribed to more conventional "lead" instruments.

Clarke’s groundbreaking work on albums such as 1974’s Stanley Clarke and 1976’s School Days played a paramount role in establishing slapping, popping and strumming in the bass guitar lexicon. It’s been more than 25 years since Clarke made his initial waves in the jazz waters with his first solo album Children of Forever and as a member of the seminal fusion outfit Return to Forever.

He’s now revered as one of the catalysts of the hyphenated amalgam that is jazz-rock. But he’s evolved significantly since. Unbeknownst to some, he’s become a virtuoso acoustic player. His recent concerts included impressive solo acoustic portions in which he explores complex African rhythms by adapting his electric techniques to its unplugged relative.

Clarke is no stranger to pop, funk and R&B either. Several of his solo albums, as well as those he’s recorded with the Clarke/Duke Project and Animal Logic testify to his love for simple and direct melodies. But for the last decade, Clarke’s placed the greatest emphasis on his career as an acclaimed film composer. Some of the more notable scores he’s been involved with include Boyz N The Hood, Passenger 57, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning.

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