Stanley Clarke Trio

Just a few weeks after appearing at the Dakota with Return to Forever colleagues Chick Corea and Lenny White, bass maestro Stanley Clarke is back, fronting a stellar acoustic trio that also includes drummer White and young piano sensation Hiromi. In May the trio released Jazz in the Garden, Clarke's first acoustic jazz trio recording as leader, an adventurous set that taps the eclectic talents of all three musicians, running the gamut from standards to originals and even a cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" (which evolves from a lyrical statement of the melody to a wild Hiromi solo). For Clarke, a pioneer of jazz fusion with RTF and innovator on electric bass, the acoustic turn marks a return to his early days as an in-demand sideman for the likes of Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver, and Joe Henderson. In fact, Garden features a great new version of Henderson's "Isotope," a tune Clarke and White used to play with the sax great, and which now Hiromi invigorates with her characteristic forays across the jazz spectrum. (Photo by sinisamars)
Mondays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Oct. 4. Continues through Oct. 5, 2009
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