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Stanley Clarke was the first hero of the electric bass in a jazz key. He was the first bass player to perform as front man in world tours and the first to be a star […]

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Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke was the first hero of the electric bass in a jazz key.

He was the first bass player to perform as front man in world tours and the first to be a star of both electric and acoustic bass. With over 40 active albums, Clarke won the Grammy in 2011 for the best contemporary jazz album for his album “The Stanley Clarke Band”.

In the first part of his career he played the accordion, the violin, the cello and, finally, the double bass, an instrument with which he came to the fore and was noticed by important musicians like Gil Evans, Mel Lewis, Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon and Art Blakey.

He co-founded the seminal fusion group “Return to Forever” with Chick Corea and Lenny White with whom he switched to electric bass, in full harmony with the band’s increasingly electric and eclectic music. From there the first solo albums and the collaboration with George Duke. In the nineties Stanley Clarke embraced different music, always leaning on his instrumental teaching, in a balance between “acoustic” and “electric”.

Clarke is also a composer of over 60 soundtracks for the small and big screen. His creativity has been recognized and rewarded on many occasions: he was the first Jazz player of the year for Rolling Stone and more recently he was awarded the prestigious “Miles Davis Award” at the Montreal Jazz Festival.