Stanley Clarke: Return to Montreal

FRESH OFF RECEIVING THE 2012 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Forever, with Return To Forever bandmates Chick Corea and Lenny White, indomitable doubler Stanley Clarke isn’t resting.
By Philip Booth ,

FRESH OFF RECEIVING THE 2012 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Forever, with Return To Forever bandmates Chick Corea and Lenny White, indomitable doubler Stanley Clarke isn’t resting.

June 28–July 1, Clarke returns to the Montreal Jazz Festival for a prestigious four-night residency: He’ll lead his own band, give a duo performance with pianist Hiromi, do a bass-monster set with SMV partners Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, and play with the Harlem String Quartet. To show all sides of his playing, “I would need 30 nights,” says Clarke. “This is a little slice of what I do.”

Stanley’s other forthcoming high-profile engagements include duet dates with Hiromi, shows with his own band, a trio outing with Corea and Jack DeJohnette to celebrate DeJohnette’s 70th birthday, gigs with the funk-driven Clarke/Duke Project, more RTF performances, and concerts with drummer Stewart Copeland.

Clarke also has multiple recordings in the works, including a long-delayed classical album, which will feature some unaccompanied pieces and some with a chamber group; Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 is in the mix. Then there’s an album that has drummer White and the bassist playing nearly every instrument. “It’s everything,” says Clarke. “Lenny grew up like I did. He listened to Coltrane as hard as he listened to Hendrix. It came right out in our records—I think that’s why we were so successful.”