September 4, 2009 |
Ever go to a jazz show and have a pop concert break out? Pardon the reference to the old joke about hockey games and boxing, but that's sort of what happened at Wednesday's Corea, Clarke and White show at the Hollywood Bowl. At the second reunion in as many years of the original members of '70s fusion favorites Return to Forever (Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the group was midway through a Chaka Khan-led cover of the Gershwin standard "I Loves You Porgy" when a black-clad Stevie Wonder was led to the stage.
February 17, 2008 |
Chick Corea is smiling. In fact, he's beaming. Seated behind his Minimoog and his Fender Rhodes keyboards, arms and hands in motion, kicking out one brisk rhythmic phrase after another, making constant eye contact with the musicians around him -- guitarist Al Di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White -- he's obviously feeling great. Wait a minute: Corea, Di Meola, Clarke and White?
November 22, 1997 |
The Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena was overflowing with a conservative-looking dinner crowd Thursday night. White-aproned waiters moved busily through the warmly atmospheric, tent-covered room, and business-suited, evening-frocked men and women dined in quiet tranquillity. It was not exactly the sort of environment in which one expected an explosion of funk-driven fusion music. But that's exactly what happened when Stanley Clarke and his quartet took the stage.
September 10, 1995
Re Megan Fenner's letter (Aug. 27) proclaiming Kristen Pfaff to be "the greatest bass player of all time": Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, John Paul Jones, Bill Wyman on the rock 'n' roll side, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter on the jazz side. These are pretty good bass players. I never heard of Kristen Pfaff before she died, but I know that she couldn't carry those bassists' instruments. Great? Not even close. Broaden your horizons, Megan. JEFF PETERSON Huntington Beach If anyone deserves the title, it would probably be James Jamerson (who, incidentally, was the Motown sound)
September 3, 1995 |
STANLEY CLARKE, AL DiMEOLA, JEAN-LUC PONTY "The Rite of Strings" Gai Saber, I.R.S. * * * Each of these musicians is known as a fusion pioneer--Clarke and DiMeola for their stint with Chick Corea's band Return to Forever, Ponty for his associations with Frank Zappa, George Duke and the Mahavishnu Orchestra--and each continues to be overwhelmingly popular for his electric work.
November 17, 1993 |
Mention the name Stanley Clarke, and jazz and rock fans alike will probably think of the funk-hungry electric bassist with the crisp, crackling sound. Understandable, since it was that side of Clarke that came out during his tenure with Chick Corea's ground-breaking Return to Forever band of the '70s as well as when he subsequently formed his own high-powered groups, sometimes in association with a fellow crossover artist, keyboardist George Duke.