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Bassist Stanley Clarke Records First Acoustic Jazz Trio Album

Bassist Stanley Clarke, whose four-decade career includes gigs with Return to Forever, Rite of Strings and a variety of other solo and collaborative projects along the way, will release Jazz in the Garden on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, on May 12. For his first straight-ahead acoustic jazz trio recording, Clarke is collaborating with pianist Hiromi Uehara and drummer Lenny White.

“I had never done an acoustic bass record, ever,” Clarke says. “There’s a long list of people on whose records I’ve played acoustic bass-Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson and many others-but I’d never done an acoustic jazz trio record of my own. So I wanted to record one that would just feature the piano and the acoustic bass in a way that you could really hear the bass.”

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