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Stanley Clarke Trio: Jazz in the Garden

Stanley Clarke holds the honors as jazz’s first sine qua non electric bass player, making astounding music through the ’70s with Return to Forever. Clarke pursued a career in film and TV scoring as well, but has maintained his interest in jazz and fusion throughout the years, bringing an intensity and integrity to the music that is his alone.

Jazz in the Garden conveys that intensity and integrity with a major difference: It marks the first time Clarke has totally eschewed the electric bass in favor of his bull fiddle. Working with phenomenal Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara and RTF and Vertu bandmate Lenny White, Clarke’s intensity in this acoustic setting is quieter, as on their introspective rendition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” yet he’s no less powerful. The trio cooks through Miles’ “Solar” and Joe Henderson’s “Isotope,” and Clarke and White give bass ‘n’ drum a new meaning with their spare duet reading of Duke’s “Take the Coltrane.”

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