Bass Ball is the new album produced by Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke; and has been five years in the making. Bass Ball features Bunny and Stanley, as well as Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Armand Sabal-Lecco (who also composed “Stand Out” on the album), and more.
The album features many great players from all over the world, particularly from Bunny’s home country of France, including trombonist Alex Perdigon, trumpeter Eric Giausserand, bass players Tony Bonfils, Dominique Bertram, Fifi Chayeb among others.
“Bass Ball” features a Who’s Who of drummers with Dennis Chambers, John Wackerman, Simon Phillips, Steve Ferrone, Johan Franzon, Ike Wiley, Clayton Cameron, and Bryan Cabrera. On Percussion are Chris Moraga and Monette Moreno. Playing keyboards on a few of the tunes is Nick Smith and Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind & Fire).
Bass players are truly the focal point of this album, on which, Stanley plays Alembic basses, piccolo bass, and acoustic bass. Bunny Brunel plays the ESP fretted bass, fretless bass, and piccolo bass.
“I like the fact that Bass Ball gives people an opportunity to hear some of the best bass players they’ve never heard before”, Stanley said of the production.
Check out more the album here.
Get the behind-the-music story of the New Barbarians, the all-star band founded by the Rolling Stones lead guitarist Ron Wood, which featured Stanley on bass.
The New Barbarians: Outlaws, Gunslingers and Guitars tells the untold story of this legendary band, which also included Stones guitarist Keith Richards, former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Stones confederate and saxophonist Bobby Keys, and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste from the Meters, through never-before-seen photography and in-depth interviews. The book offers an intimate look at the brief history of the band formed in 1979, which built a cult following in record time.
Featuring photos of the band by Bruce Silberman, who accompanied the New Barbarians on their U.S. tour, the book is an essential contribution to rock and roll history. Includes a CD with 10 previously unreleased tracks from the band’s tour.
Check out a review of the book and learn more here.
Stanley joined the director John Singleton and the cast of the ground-breaking film on the 25th anniversary of the film’s release to discuss his role in giving the film its musical voice.
Stanley is among the musicians who were selected to be included in the Smithsonian’s new African-American History Museum. His Alembic electric bass was selected to be included in the museum. Particularly meaningful to Stanley is that his display sits right next to that of one of his musical heroes, John Coltrane.
Ever wanted to talk face to face with your favorite bass player? Now is your chance. On Monday May 19th at one o’ clock we will post a link to a live Ustream where you can chat with Stanley about whatever comes to mind. Stay tuned and join our conversation!