Archive for November, 2011

Stanley Clarke – Pure Skill

Ahoy People!
Today we’ve got pure music skill, we’ve got the first bassist in history to headline tours worldwide. Get ready to get speechless.
Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world with 36 years career as a bass virtuoso, and he was the first bassist in history to double on acoustic and electric bass with equal virtuosity, and you can clearly see that Stanley also possesses a unique sense of lyricism and melody.

He was born in Philadelphia, and studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. By the time he got out of the academy, musicians recognized immediately the complete musicality the young Clarke possessed on the acoustic bass.

I had the opportunity to watch him play at the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival last 25th of November at Playa Del Carmen, México.
Some other great musicians that played there were Richard Bona, Jon Anderson, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Yellowjackets, between others that I’ll talk about later 🙂

In my experience, that was one of the best performances I’ve ever heard, Stanley just got out there and blew my mind, gave me another reason to believe that being a musician can be so enjoyable, and lovely.

His band members are really great musicians such as:
– Ronald Bruner Jr. (Drums)
– Ruslan Sirota (Keyboard)
– Zach Brock (Violin)

Each one of his band members gave an incredible show, they really enjoyed playing with each other that night.
I’m kind of sad that Hiromi Uehara could not come to this festival. She literally makes me cry of joy when I hear her solos.

Here is a video of one of my favorite songs called “Soldier” from the album “Stanley Clarke Band

Unofortunately because of copyright I can’t get videos of Stanley’s performance on the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, but
this other video will do it, maybe it isn’t the best audio quality, but gives you an introduction to his art work. I really like the idea of having a violinist in the band, brings “color” to the tunes, makes them sound really special.

I’ve researched Stanley’s Art work, and I’ve found out that he has got more than 20 albums as a soloist, another 20 as a Co-leader, 13 albums as a Producer, and many as a Guest Artist.

All these albums and art work content can be shown in the official web page of Stanley Clarke, I’ll leave the link here for anyone of you who wants to know a little bit more of Stanley.

Take a look at The official Website of Stanley Clarke

Special Thanks to the photographer Roberto Fernandez Ramayo for sharing these pictures taken at the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival with us.

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”


Ahoy People!
Let me introduce to you a pair of awesome musicians, that will definitely give some sugar to your life. I’m talking about Mike Stern and Dave Weckl! :).

Mike Stern was born in Boston and studied at The Berklee College Of Music.
He has played with Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorious, Dennis Chambers, John Patitucci, and some other AWESOME MUSICIANS! come on, if you didn’t recognize any of the names listed above, start researching :).

Dave Weckl was born in St. Louis Missouri, and at the age of 16 he began to work professionally with some local pop and jazz groups. But then he got really good, and well, he got the opportunity to play with Chick Korea, Anthony Jackson, George Benson, Diana Ross and many other really good musicians that made Dave get richer musical

Both Experienced and the best ones on their genre, Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz, jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.
Dave Weckl is in the Hall of Fame of the Modern Drummer as “one of the 25 best drummers of all time”.
So imagine the music that each one of them has made in the last years… ok now imagine both Mike Stern And Dave Weckl playing along and you will get something like this. 😀

This song is called “Chromazone” from the album “Time in Place” I hope you like it.
Oh and here’s a funny thing, watch how Mike Stern is always moving his legs, hilarious. Enjoy 🙂

Awesome music, Awesome musicians, Awesome solos.
I bet you still got that song’s groove in your head, if you watch closely you can see how smiley Stern looks, but well, who wouldn’t be smiling like that when you have those musicians playing with you.
In this particular video, he is playing in Bulgaria With Dave Weckl (Drums), Richard Bona (Bass player) and Bob Malach (Saxofonist)

Mike Stern and Dave Weckl have been playing together for a long time. Mike has released 14 albums as a leader, and many other as a guest.
And Dave has been drumming for some of those albums.
Dave also spends some of his time working at his own studio in Los Angeles.

I had the opportunity of watching them play in november of 2010 in the “Riviera Maya Jazz Festival” at Playa del Carmen, México, beautiful place by the way, and actually I didn’t notice before but Richard Bona, the bass player shown in the video will play this november in the Festival.

So don’t let go any chance to watch these amazing musicians, because I can assure you that it’s worth it. 🙂

“Life is A Lot Like Jazz… It’s Best When You Improvise”