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The Stanley Clarke Band: Up

On UP, bassist Stanley Clarke recruits collaborators from his recent past (and some not so recent) and plays both acoustic upright-his forte during the second half of his career-and the electric bass that helped make him a star. UP opens with the decidedly electric “Pop Virgil,” a funk instrumental that blatantly borrows the guitar figure and horn lines to James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” Its contrasting follow-up is the neo-classical “Last Train to Sanity,” with Clarke’s upright bass effectively creating a string quintet with guests the Harlem String Quartet. The title track features both Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, with whom Clarke formed the unlikely pop group Animal Logic in the late ’80s, and “Brazilian Love Affair-Dedicated to George Duke” honors the recently deceased keyboardist and co-leader of the Clarke/Duke Project through samba rhythms, Clarke’s percussive upright solo and the chanted vocals of Jessica Vautor, Natasha Agrama and Patrice Quinn.

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