Sunnie, Bohemian Sun [Roxboro Entertainment/Bungalo]

For the latest release on his new Roxboro record label, Stanley Clarke presents talented pianist/composer Sunnie Paxson, joining her and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. for a rousing trio set with interesting twists.
By Chris Jisi ,

For the latest release on his new Roxboro record label, Stanley Clarke presents talented pianist/composer Sunnie Paxson, joining her and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. for a rousing trio set with interesting twists. On the straightahead side, Clarke evokes his Gotham-in-the-’70s self, swinging and soloing with string-ripping abandon on “Dolphin Dance,” “There Is No Greater Love,” “Stella by Starlight” (featuring his bowed melody), and his own bop gem, “Three Wrong Notes.” Elsewhere, Paxson recalls acoustic Return To Forever on “Something for Nothing,” casts Clarke on acoustic bass guitar for the classical-themed ballads “One Step Beyond” and “Khabhaye Talaei,” and unleashes Stanley’s hard-plucked electric bass groove and melody for the vocal popgospel closer, “Say a Prayer.”