Stanley Clarke Band (US, GE, DE)
Stanley Clarke – bass guitar, double bass, Beka Gochiashvili – piano, Cameron Graves – keyboard, Shariq Tucker – percussion, Salar Nader – tabla, Evan Garr – violin
The American bassist has already won three Grammy Awards, and Bass Player ranked him among the top five bass players of all times and genres. But the sixty-seven-year-old legend is not content to merely bask in his glory. Clarke has filled his band with young musicians, and the melding pot of generations and opinions has created a unique musical symbiosis.
Stanley Clarke started out alongside jazz legends the likes of Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver, or Art Blakey. He plied his own distinctive style in earnest after starting Latin American-based Return to Forever with Chick Corea in 1973. The band mainly drew its authenticity from the married duo of Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. Return to Forever became one of the most successful jazz bands of the 1970s. Clarke’s well-deserved fame earned him a number of job offers, including from Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. In the early 1970s, Stanley Clarke released two solo albums and started collaborating with the guitarist Jeff Beck. Clarke actually spent most of his career in groups outside the jazz range. But he was always happy to return to jazz, for instance, in projects with Al Di Meola, Jean Luc Ponty, or the strictly bass band SMV with Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller. More recently he could be heard in a trio with Chick Corea and Lenny White or in his own trio with the pianist Hiromi. He now performs mainly with his Stanley Clarke Band, which offers a masterful fusion of jazz, rhythm, and blues. This hot-beat deal is what he is bringing with him to Brno.