|The Stanley Clarke Band — Find Out! (1985)|
The Stanley Clarke Band — Find Out!
Born: June 30, 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Notable instruments: Alembic Stanley Clarke Signature
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Album release: 1985
Record Label: Epic!
1. Find Out Who You Are 4:32
2. What If I Should Fall in Love 4:53
3. Born in the U.S.A. 4:52
4. The Sky's the Limit 5:13
5. Don't Turn the Lights Out 4:02
6. Campo Americano [Instrumental] 4:14
7. Stereotypica [Instrumental] 2:40
8. Psychedelic 4:25
9. My Life [Instrumental] 4:43
• Stanley Clarke : Vocals, Guitar, Bass
• Rayford Griffin : Drums, Percussion, Vocals
• Robert Brookins : Keyboards, Vocals
• Sunnie Paxson : Keyboards
• Eddie Martinez : Guitar
• Ray Gomez : Guitar
• Paulinho Da Costa : Percussion
Right-hand electric bass technique:
• When playing electric bass, Clarke places his right hand so that his fingers approach the strings much as they would on an upright bass, but rotated through 90 degrees. To achieve this, his forearm lies above and nearly parallel to the strings, while his wrist is hooked downward at nearly a right angle. For lead and solo playing, his fingers partially hook underneath the strings so that when released, the strings snap against the frets, producing a biting percussive attack. In addition to an economical variation on the funky Larry Graham-style slap-n'-pop technique, Clarke also uses downward thrusts of the entire right hand, striking two or more strings from above with his fingernails (examples of this technique include "School Days", "Rock and Roll Jelly", "Wild Dog", and "Danger Street").
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• Bassist Stanley Clarke was barely out of his teens when he exploded into the jazz world in 1971. Fresh out of the Philadelphia Academy of Music, he arrived in New York City and immediately landed jobs with famous bandleaders such as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz and a budding young pianist-composer named Chick Corea.
• Clarke has long been associated with Alembic basses, and much of his recorded output has been produced on Alembic instruments, particularly a dark-wood-colored custom bass in the Series I body style. These basses are handmade neck-through-body instruments made from a mixture of exotic woods and a proprietary active pickup system that is powered from an external power supply. A Stanley Clarke Signature Model bass guitar is produced by Alembic. Clarke also utilizes full-range amplification for his basses, including two QSC 2050 amplifiers, more in keeping with a keyboardist's rig than a bassist's or guitarists. To extend his melodic range, he also plays on tenor and piccolo basses. Clarke's are usually short scale (78 cm or 30.75"), four string, Carl Thompson or Alembic.
• In the late 1970s, Clarke was playing Rick Turner's first graphite neck on his Alembic "Black Beauty" bass, and he decided to have an all composite bass made. He commissioned designer/luthier Tom Lieber to design and build this bass, having purchased one of Lieber's Spider grinder basses in 1979. In 1980 Lieber and Clarke formed the Spellbinder Corporation and produced a limited run of fifty Spellbinder basses. One left-handed bass was built as a gift from Stanley to Paul McCartney. After the run, the molds were destroyed. In 2007 Clarke once again teamed up with Lieber and Rick Turner to reform the Spellbinder Corp. and produce a limited run of 125 of the Spellbinder Bass II, which he played on the RTF reunion tour. Clarke has also played a Ken Smith BT Custom, and a German made Löwenherz Tenor Bass.
• His current pedalboard consists of a TC Electronic G-System, an MXR Bass Octave Deluxe and an EBS Bass IQ Envelope.
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• Stanley Clarke (Nemperor) (1974)
• Journey to Love (Nemperor) (1975)
• School Days (Nemperor) (1976)
• Modern Man (Nemperor) (1978)
• I Wanna Play for You (Nemperor) (1979)
• Rocks, Pebbles and Sand (Epic) (1980)
• Let Me Know You (Epic) (1982)
• Time Exposure (Epic) (1984)
• Find Out! (Epic) (1985)
• Hideaway (Epic) (1986)
• If This Bass Could Only Talk (Portrait) (1988)
• Passenger 57 (Epic) (1992)
• East River Drive (Epic) (1993)
• The Rite of Strings (Gai Saber) (1995)
• At the Movies (Epic Soundtrax) (1995)
• 1, 2, To The Bass (Sony) (2003)
• The Toys of Men (Heads Up) (2007)
• Jazz in the Garden (Heads Up) (2009)
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|The Stanley Clarke Band — Find Out! (1985)|