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School Days

Stanley Clarke

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Every pro electric-bass player and their mothers wore out the grooves of this record when it first came out, trying to cop Clarke's speedy, thundering, slapped-thumb bass licks. Yet ultimately, it was Clarke's rapidly developing compositional skills that made this album so listenable and so much fun for the rest of us, then and now. The title track not only contributed a killer riff to the bass vocabulary; it is a cunningly organized piece of music with a well-defined structure. Moreover, Clarke follows his calling card with two tunes that are even more memorable -- the sauntering ballad "Quiet Afternoon" and an ebullient, Brazilian percussion-laced number with a good string arrangement and a terrific groove, "The Dancer." Clarke also brings out the standup bass for a soulful acoustic dialogue with John McLaughlin on "Desert Song." Evidently enthused by their leader's material, David Sancious (keyboards) and Raymond Gomez (guitars) deliver some of their best solos on records -- and with George Duke on hand on one cut, you hear some preliminary flickerings of Clarke's ventures into the commercial sphere. But at this point in time, Clarke was triumphantly proving that it was possible to be both good and commercial at the same time.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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School Days (Album Version)
00:07:49

Albert Aarons, Brass - Buddy Childers, Brass - Dalton Smith, Brass - David Sancious, Keyboards - Gary Grant, Brass - George Bohanon, Brass - Gerry Brown, Drums - Jack Nimitz, Brass - Jerry Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Ken Scott, Producer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Lew McCreary, Brass - Raymond Gomez, Guitar - Robert Findley, Brass - Stanley Clarke, Arranger - Stanley Clarke, Bass Guitar - Stanley Clarke, Composer - Stanley Clarke, Conductor - Stanley Clarke, Lyricist - Stanley Clarke, Performer - Stanley Clarke, Producer - Stanley Clarke, Vocal - Stuart Blumberg, Brass - William Peterson, Brass

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Quiet Afternoon (Album Version)
00:05:08

Albert Aarons, Brass - Buddy Childers, Brass - Dalton Smith, Brass - Gary Grant, Brass - George Bohanon, Brass - Jack Nimitz, Brass - Jerry Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Ken Scott, Producer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Lew McCreary, Brass - Robert Findley, Brass - Stanley Clarke, Bass Guitar - Stanley Clarke, Composer - Stanley Clarke, Conductor - Stanley Clarke, Performer - Stanley Clarke, Piano - Stanley Clarke, Producer - Steve Gadd, Drums - Stuart Blumberg, Brass - William Peterson, Brass

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
The Dancer (Album Version)
00:05:24

Albert Aarons, Brass - Buddy Childers, Brass - Dalton Smith, Brass - David Sancious, Organ - Gary Grant, Brass - George Bohanon, Brass - Gerry Brown, Drums - Jack Nimitz, Brass - Jerry Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Ken Scott, Producer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Lew McCreary, Brass - Milton Holland, Percussion - Robert Findley, Brass - Stanley Clarke, Arranger - Stanley Clarke, Bass Guitar - Stanley Clarke, Composer - Stanley Clarke, Conductor - Stanley Clarke, Performer - Stanley Clarke, Piano - Stanley Clarke, Producer - Stuart Blumberg, Brass - William Peterson, Brass

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Desert Song (Album Version)
00:06:55

Albert Aarons, Brass - Buddy Childers, Brass - Dalton Smith, Brass - Gary Grant, Brass - George Bohanon, Brass - Jack Nimitz, Brass - Jerry Solomon, Assistant Engineer - John McLaughlin, Acoustic Guitar - Ken Scott, Producer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Lew McCreary, Brass - Milton Holland, Congas - Milton Holland, Triangle - Robert Findley, Brass - Stanley Clarke, Arranger - Stanley Clarke, Bass Guitar - Stanley Clarke, Composer - Stanley Clarke, Conductor - Stanley Clarke, Performer - Stanley Clarke, Producer - Stuart Blumberg, Brass - William Peterson, Brass

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Hot Fun (Album Version)
00:02:54

Albert Aarons, Brass - Buddy Childers, Brass - Dalton Smith, Brass - David Sancious, Electric Guitar - Gary Grant, Brass - George Bohanon, Brass - Jack Nimitz, Brass - Jerry Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Ken Scott, Producer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Lew McCreary, Brass - Raymond Gomez, Electric Guitar - Robert Findley, Brass - Stanley Clarke, Arranger - Stanley Clarke, Bass Guitar - Stanley Clarke, Composer - Stanley Clarke, Conductor - Stanley Clarke, Performer - Stanley Clarke, Producer - Stave Gadd, Drums - Stuart Blumberg, Brass - William Peterson, Brass

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Life Is Just a Game (Album Version)
00:08:57

Albert Aarons, Brass - Billy Cobham, Drums - Buddy Childers, Brass - Dalton Smith, Brass - Ed Thacker, Assistant Engineer - Gary Grant, Brass - George Bohanon, Brass - George Duke, Keyboards - Icarus Johnson, Acoustic Guitar - Icarus Johnson, Electric Guitar - Jack Nimitz, Brass - Jerry Solomon, Assistant Engineer - Ken Scott, Producer - Ken Scott, Re-Mixer - Ken Scott, Recording Engineer - Lew McCreary, Brass - Robert Findley, Brass - Stanley Clarke, Arranger - Stanley Clarke, Bass Guitar - Stanley Clarke, Composer - Stanley Clarke, Conductor - Stanley Clarke, Performer - Stanley Clarke, Producer - Stanley Clarke, Vocal - Stuart Blumberg, Brass - William Peterson, Brass

(P) 1976 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Every pro electric-bass player and their mothers wore out the grooves of this record when it first came out, trying to cop Clarke's speedy, thundering, slapped-thumb bass licks. Yet ultimately, it was Clarke's rapidly developing compositional skills that made this album so listenable and so much fun for the rest of us, then and now. The title track not only contributed a killer riff to the bass vocabulary; it is a cunningly organized piece of music with a well-defined structure. Moreover, Clarke follows his calling card with two tunes that are even more memorable -- the sauntering ballad "Quiet Afternoon" and an ebullient, Brazilian percussion-laced number with a good string arrangement and a terrific groove, "The Dancer." Clarke also brings out the standup bass for a soulful acoustic dialogue with John McLaughlin on "Desert Song." Evidently enthused by their leader's material, David Sancious (keyboards) and Raymond Gomez (guitars) deliver some of their best solos on records -- and with George Duke on hand on one cut, you hear some preliminary flickerings of Clarke's ventures into the commercial sphere. But at this point in time, Clarke was triumphantly proving that it was possible to be both good and commercial at the same time.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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