Time Magazine praised Stanley, Chick Corea and Kenny Garrett, while critiquing the Grammys’ short tribute to jazz piano master Dave Brubeck, in which the trio performed, saying, “Forty-five seconds is not nearly enough time when you have this much talent on stage playing tribute to jazz great Dave Brubeck. While it’s clear that the bulk of the Grammys audience is not jazz fans, less than a minute out of a three-hour show is insulting.” While giving an “F” for the time allotted, the magazine gave an A+ to performance of the trio of Clarke, Corea and Garrett in their review of the entire program.
Stanley was more benevolent in his assessment saying, “I’m happy the Grammy Awards decided to include real jazz as a part of this year’s televised broadcast. It was an honor to be asked to participate. Actually, I can’t remember the last time jazz was featured on the primetime awards show. I’ve always found this odd, since jazz is one of our authentic American musical art forms.”
Congratulations to Stanley for winning Best Electric Bassist in Downbeat’s 2012 Reader’s Poll. Stanley thanks all the readers who voted for him and all the nominees in the magazine’s annual poll. Read more about the poll here.
Watch the Clarke/Copeland band live in Paris at Le Bataclan on July 11, 2012, with Ruslan Sirota on keyboards and Brady Cohan on guitar, performing one of Stewart Copeland’s compositions “Birds of Prey”.
Last year, Stanley was honored at the Montreal Jazz Festival with the 18th prestigious Miles Davis Award. The award is presented to tribute a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom. An add privilege of the award is hosting a four-night Invitation Series of the artist’s choice. Stanley’s Invitation Series at the festival takes place this year from June 28 – July 1.
Stanley says of the occasion, “In addition to being honored with the Miles Davis Award last year, I was even more surprised that I was invited to come up with four shows that I could pretty much put together as I wanted. Of course, I would have loved ten shows. I went crazy with ideas.”
The series of four concerts will include guest performances with pianist Hiromi, The Harlem String Quartet, SMV with Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten and the Stanley Clarke Band with drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr., keyboardist Ruslan Sirota with Zach Brock joining them on violin.
Performances and showtime details can be found here.
Stanley and drummer Stewart Copeland ( The Police and Animal Logic) are readying to sweep across Europe with a high-powered brand of music that blends rock, jazz, fusion and everything in between. The Clarke/Copeland Band features an exciting lineup of talents, which includes Alex Han on saxophones, Ruslan Sirota on keys and Brady Cohan on guitar. It promises to be an event that music fans won’t soon forget!
Epic recently released Stanley Clarke – The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection. Stanley’s most famous and best-selling albums recorded for Nemperor/Epic between 1974 and 1979 are included in this collection. All of these albums were either Top 50 or Top 100 Billboard Pop Albums, and all were Top 5 Billboard Jazz Albums. The package features rare photos and album booklets and includes his biggest hits “School Days”, “Silly Putty”, “Rock’N’Roll Jelly”, “Vulcan Princess” and more. These rec0rdings includes an A-list of music’s notables including Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, George Duke, Jeff Beck, Tony Williams, Jan Hammer, Steve Gadd, Stan Getz and Freddie Hubbard playing alongside Stanley on the productions.