The first time Stanley Clarke stepped up to the microphone on June 30, during one of his four performances at the 33rd annual Montreal International Jazz Festival, fans showered him with shouts of “Happy birthday!”
“I feel good. I’m 61-years old today,” responded Clarke, flexing his biceps in true Superman fashion. Then he flexed his muscle on the bass. And it was matched, brawn for brawn, by his fellow bassists onstage, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten.
The trio-which goes by the name of SMV, utilizing the first letter of each of their first names-is nothing less than a dream come true for bass-heads. Clarke, Miller and Wooten are three rock stars of the jazz bass and this summit holds limitless appeal for a very specific, and very passionate, audience.