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Stanley Clark interview with Martin Perlich


This is a very intimate audio interview with the great bassist Stanley Clarke. Conducted at his home around 1979 (the date listed is 1971, but that is certainly inaccurate; they mention Charles Mingus just having died [1979] and Clarke playing with Ron Wood [around the same time]). Recorded in Clarke’s California home, this interview has everything from phones ringing  and level tests to great discussions about jazz and rock and roll.

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—Peter Blasevick

Stanley Clarke: Path Maker

Trailblazing bassist Stanley Clarke is as influential today as he was during the heyday of Chick Corea’s Return To Forever in the 1970s. Here is a lengthy interview he gave to AllAboutJazz in 2011. From the interview:

“…as a musician, I was only interested in sounding good. It didn’t matter, even in some cases, how much we were getting paid. We were just out there really trying to sound good and living up to the tradition of jazz music, and the guys that came before us. Like for instance, I didn’t really realize how big Return to Forever was until the last reunion that we did a couple of years ago. It was huge; we could have played any of those places two or three times, and we didn’t, because we said we couldn’t do it. But that was a pretty important band, and all those individuals have their own history.

“The great thing about Chick Corea, myself and [drummer] Lenny White, and not so much with [guitarist] Al Di Meola, is that we can go back to those guys. Chick and I played with Art Blakey; I played with Dexter Gordon, and we both played with Stan Getz; Lenny White played with Jackie McLean and a lot of older jazz musicians, so we had that in common. So whether we knew that was big, it’s not something you thought about; if I would have thought about it at the time, I wouldn’t have been with those people, I wouldn’t have played the way I did. It’s kinda like an oxymoron in concept, to have those two things together; a guy that thinks he is so big and there he is, playing at nineteen with Dexter Gordon. You’re so scared you can’t think of anything [laughs].”

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