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Clarke, Stanley Band, The / Message, The
Album:Message, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Clarke, Stanley Band, The Added:06/2018
Label:Mack Avenue 

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Add Date:2018-06-26 Pull Date:2018-08-28 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-06-21 
Reviewed: 2018-06-21
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: On his latest disc, Clarke shows he is still unapproachable on both the electric and acoustic bass, wielding a vision of fusion and funk, breakbeats & bass-interpreted cello suites with a little help from friends like rapper/beatboxer Doug E. Fresh & trumpeter Mark Isham. Backed by a young versatile band of prodigies, this disc swells with an abundance of strength, soul and astounding musicianship.
If You Like: Return To Forever, Public Enemy, Stevie Wonder, King Crimson
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ And Ya Know We Are Missing You (1:58) – sonic bass starts> funky midtempo jam> quick stop
*2/ After The Cosmic Rain/ Dance Of The Planetary Prince (6:59) – spacey synth start> midtempo progressive rock vibe with heavy percussion> slow tempo wah-wah guitar solo morphs into slow tempo jam> false stop> slow jam> bass solo> synth solo morphs into midtempo sonic orchestral sounding jam & fades
*3/ The Rugged Truth (3:32) – spacey start> uptempo rocking jam with heavy percussion> bass solo> piano solo> uptempo jam> quick fade
4/ Combat Continuum (5:04) – spacey start> spoken word news report> high decibel fast tempo rocking jam> bass solo> piano solo> uptempo jam> spoken news report> slow fade on vocal
*5/ The Message (2:47) – spacey synth start> slow jam> bass solo> slow jam> slow fade
6/ Lost In A World (5:31) – piano starts> spacey interlude> slow Stevie Wonder-like song> piano solo> slow song with heavenly chorus> slow fade
*7/ Alternative Facts (3:46) – (brief spoken word start)> breathtaking fast tempo piano solo> fade
*8/ Bach Cello Suite 1 (Prelude) (2:25) – slow cello solo swells uptempo & quick fade
9/ The Legend Of The Abbas And The Sacred Talisman (4:03) – piano starts with cascading notes, then slows to stately slow tempo jam> bass solo> slow jam> slow fade
*10/ Enzo’s Theme (3:44) – piano starts, quickly swinging into uptempo jam> trumpet solo> bass solo> synth/piano duet> uptempo jam & fade
*11/ To Be Alive (4:52) – bass/drums start> midtempo funky jam & rap with a positive message> funk jam with trumpet> rap> quick stop

Track Listing
1.And Ya Know We're Missing You 6.Lost In A World
2.After The Cosmic Rain/ Dance Of The Planetary Prince 7.Alternative Facts
3.The Rugged Truth 8.Bach Cello Suite 1 (Prelude)
4.Combat Continuum 9.The Legend Of The Abbas And The Sacred Talisman
5.The Message 10.Enzo's Theme
 11.To Be Alive