After playing various instruments, Stanley Clarke settled on bass guitar and first played professionally in funk, then jazz. He gained experience and a solid reputation playing in the band, Return To Forever, led by Horace Silver, Pharoah Sanders, Chick Corea, appearing on several of the band's albums, and with George Duke, The Clarke/Duke Project (1981). With these bands, Clarke constantly displayed his extraordinarily accomplished playing. At times, his virtuosic displays overcame the music but they certainly appealed to a growing army of fans. Clarke toured and recorded during the 70s and 80s, increasing his standing internationally. He worked comfortably with rock musicians, including Jeff Beck, Stewart Copeland and Keith Richard. In the 90s he tried different approaches to jazz fusion, including forming a trio with guitarist Al Di Meola and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, The Rite Of Strings (1995). He also played in support of numerous artists on their records, appearing as sideman/guest artist, for the likes of Sonny Rollins, Love At First Sight (1980), Al Jarreau, Hearts Horizon (1988) and McCoy Tyner, Vertu (1999). In addition to performing, Clarke also produced several of his own albums and also acted in this capacity for Roy Ayers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson and Nancy Wilson. Since the late 80s, Clarke has written extensively for films and television, his credits extending to several dozen productions, including Boyz N The Hood (1991), Higher Learning (1995), The Transporter (2002) and No Warning (2009). Clarke's 2009 international tour saw him in SMV, an all-bass guitar trio, with Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten.
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Influenced By: Paul Chambers, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders...