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Stanley Clarke: Standards

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Last year when bassist Stanley Clarke hit the road with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and banjo player Bela Fleck, it was another moment when you had to applaud Clarke’s aesthetic courage. Never one to fear the opportunity to move beyond the expected, the critically acclaimed tour by the trio proved again that Stanley Clarke is a musician who is guided by tradition but motivated by inventiveness. Clarke’s latest effort, Standards, is another collaboration with a trio, and like last year’s work with Fleck and Ponty, this effort will surprise Clarke’s critics and add more credence to the argument that Clarke is one the most important bassists of this era.

Clarke again breaks new ground on Standards; it is his first acoustic bass recording in 20 years and his first album composed entirely of standards. The package includes a DVD full of thought-provoking interviews, footage from the sessions and several complete recordings as well.

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