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45 years after his album debut, four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Stanley Clarke shows he is still unapproachable on both the electric and acoustic, wielding a vision of fusion and funk, breakbeats and bass-interpreted cello suites with a little help from friends like rapper/beatboxer Doug E. Fresh and trumpeter Mark Isham. Backed by a young versatile band and a collection of tunes written in the midst of a tumultuous tour of Europe, The Message (available June 29 via Mack Avenue Records) swells with an abundance of strength, soul and astounding musicianship. Im very excited about our work on this album. I wanted to include some of my band members contributions and the result is an album that is funky, melodic, musical, contemporary and fresh with a rich multi-genre influence, Clarke commented. The guys in this band are consummate young musicians with musical spirits that are very old.In 2016 Clarke brought a band through Europe consisting of keyboardists Cameron Graves and Beka Gochiashvili and drummer Mike Mitchell. When a terrorist attack left them stranded in Paris, Clarke asked them to hunker down and compose.We were in this great hotel and the owner was a fan, remembers Clarke. I said, Can you put these three guys in a room where no one can hear them? He found a room and after two days, they wrote compositions that reflected their worldview and included their versatility in many different musical genres. A lot of this stuff I would have never written in a million years.A few days later the band entered ICP Studios in Belgium and recorded an abundance of material. Clarke returned to his home in Los Angeles with the tapes and began to tinker. Once I got the raw material, I fleshed it out. My ability is to orchestrate and arrange. Im very good with taking anything and turning it into something.Much of the material from their Paris adventure is collected on this album but the affair opens with a homegrown homage to several soulful great friends that Clarke ha
  • Start:September 14, 2018 Time: 8:00 PM
  • End:September 14, 2018 Time: 11:59 PM
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  • Where:Rams Head On Stage, 33 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland, United States, 21401
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  • Event Type: Concerts & Music
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