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Thunder

Marcus Miller / Stanley Clarke / Victor Wooten

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Get the subwoofers primed for this one. Three of jazz fusion's finest and most respected bassists -- Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten -- join forces for an hourlong frolic in the studio that's a fun, frisky, funky romp for the players and a potent showcase for an instrument often relegated to support status. Not here. On paper, it would seem unwieldy for three bass players, especially with the proficiency of this trio, to navigate their parts in the same song without the sound getting hopelessly cluttered. But it takes less than a minute into the opening track, which unexpectedly kicks off with full orchestration, for the concept to prove viable. One bass works the traditional low riff while the other two solo in harmony and trade licks with such ease and finesse that you wonder why someone didn't think of this collaboration earlier. Actually, someone did. Wooten came up with the idea but it took until the group worked together at the October 2006 Bass Player Live! event in N.Y.C. (where Clarke won the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award) for it to be discussed as a reality with the other two. Clarke was no stranger to playing with his fellow bottom dwellers, as he proved on his Night School DVD where he joined with about ten other bassists for an extended version of "School Days." Still, it's amazing how well these guys navigate their strummed, plucked, and thumped parts around each other without clashing. Horns, drums, loops, and keyboards (from guests Chick Corea and George Duke as well as Miller) flesh out the upper registers while Miller's clean, unfussy production also keeps things in order. Acoustic bowed bass and strings on "Milano" shift the sound away from the more rhythmic approach naturally favored on the majority of the tracks. The three amigos take on a Spanish spaghetti Western feel for "Los Tres Hermanos," a refreshing changeup that features some of the disc's most nimble playing and its prettiest melody. Some tunes will be familiar to jazz fans. "Tutu" was written by Miller for Miles Davis and Clarke's "Quiet Afternoon" gets referenced, as does his "Silly Putty," but these versions are quite different than the originals. All three musicians weave their lines together on the lovely ballad "Lil' Victa," with Clarke's high end sounding enough like a guitar to hold down the strong melodic line. The closing "Grits" is a hot slab of funky jazz that gives each a chance to solo over a sparse beat. Although their styles are relatively distinct, it would have been helpful if the liner notes described who was playing which part, especially for newcomers. Otherwise, this will thrill fusion fans -- and for bassists it's nothing less than a master class on the instrument from a handful of its most accomplished, eclectic, and veteran practitioners.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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1
Maestros de las frecuencias bajas
00:02:53

MARCUS MILLER, Performance, MainArtist - Victor Wooten, Performance, MainArtist - STANLEY CLARKE, Composer, Performance, MainArtist

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

2
Thunder
00:06:37

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Goh Hotoda, Mixer - STANLEY CLARKE, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Butterscotch, Vocals - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

3
Hillbillies on a Quiet Afternoon
00:06:11

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - DAVID ISAAC, Mixer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - George Duke, Clavinet - STANLEY CLARKE, Composer, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Derico Watson, Drums - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

4
Mongoose Walk
00:05:57

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Moog, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - CHICK COREA, Piano - STANLEY CLARKE, Composer, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Gerry Brown, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Derico Watson, Drums - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

5
Los Tres Hermanos
00:05:25

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - DAVID ISAAC, Mixer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - STANLEY CLARKE, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Poogie Bell, Drums - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

6
Lopsy Lu - Silly Putty (Medley)
00:06:12

Steve Baxter, Trombone - Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Engineer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - DAVID ISAAC, Mixer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - George Duke, Moog - STANLEY CLARKE, Composer, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - MICHAEL STEWART, Trumpet - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Poogie Bell, Drums - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

7
Milano
00:04:21

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, Fretless Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - STANLEY CLARKE, Producer, Acoustic Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Kevin Ricard, Percussion - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - David Rideau, Mixer - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

8
Classical Thump (Jam)
00:04:51

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - STANLEY CLARKE, Producer, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

9
Tutu
00:05:04

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Bass Clarinet, Engineer, Drum Programmer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - J.D. Blair, Drums - STANLEY CLARKE, Producer, Acoustic Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Butterscotch, Vocals - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Karlton Taylor, Keyboards

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

10
Lil' Victa
00:04:10

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - STANLEY CLARKE, Composer, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Ronald Bruner, Drums - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

11
Pendulum
00:04:16

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - STANLEY CLARKE, Composer, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Mixer, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Butterscotch, Vocals - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Antoinette Clintin, Composer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

12
Lemme Try Your Bass (Interlude)
00:00:57

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - STANLEY CLARKE, Composer, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

13
Grits
00:05:26

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - MARCUS MILLER, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer - Victor Wooten, Producer, Engineer, Bass, MainArtist, RecordingEngineer, CoProducer - DAVID ISAAC, Mixer - Doug Tyo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - STANLEY CLARKE, Producer, Bass, MainArtist, CoProducer - Antonio Resendiz, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Eric Zobler, Additional Recording - Gerry Brown, Engineer, RecordingEngineer - Peter A. Barker, Additional Recording - Ronald Bruner, Drums - Milton Gutierrez Ruezga, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Scott Coslettt, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Sharon Brencius, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Todd Bergmann, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Ursula Arevalo, Engineer, AssistantEngineer

© 2008 SMV, LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Hannibal LLC under exclusive license to Francis Dreyfus Music SARL, a BMG Company

Album Description

Get the subwoofers primed for this one. Three of jazz fusion's finest and most respected bassists -- Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten -- join forces for an hourlong frolic in the studio that's a fun, frisky, funky romp for the players and a potent showcase for an instrument often relegated to support status. Not here. On paper, it would seem unwieldy for three bass players, especially with the proficiency of this trio, to navigate their parts in the same song without the sound getting hopelessly cluttered. But it takes less than a minute into the opening track, which unexpectedly kicks off with full orchestration, for the concept to prove viable. One bass works the traditional low riff while the other two solo in harmony and trade licks with such ease and finesse that you wonder why someone didn't think of this collaboration earlier. Actually, someone did. Wooten came up with the idea but it took until the group worked together at the October 2006 Bass Player Live! event in N.Y.C. (where Clarke won the Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award) for it to be discussed as a reality with the other two. Clarke was no stranger to playing with his fellow bottom dwellers, as he proved on his Night School DVD where he joined with about ten other bassists for an extended version of "School Days." Still, it's amazing how well these guys navigate their strummed, plucked, and thumped parts around each other without clashing. Horns, drums, loops, and keyboards (from guests Chick Corea and George Duke as well as Miller) flesh out the upper registers while Miller's clean, unfussy production also keeps things in order. Acoustic bowed bass and strings on "Milano" shift the sound away from the more rhythmic approach naturally favored on the majority of the tracks. The three amigos take on a Spanish spaghetti Western feel for "Los Tres Hermanos," a refreshing changeup that features some of the disc's most nimble playing and its prettiest melody. Some tunes will be familiar to jazz fans. "Tutu" was written by Miller for Miles Davis and Clarke's "Quiet Afternoon" gets referenced, as does his "Silly Putty," but these versions are quite different than the originals. All three musicians weave their lines together on the lovely ballad "Lil' Victa," with Clarke's high end sounding enough like a guitar to hold down the strong melodic line. The closing "Grits" is a hot slab of funky jazz that gives each a chance to solo over a sparse beat. Although their styles are relatively distinct, it would have been helpful if the liner notes described who was playing which part, especially for newcomers. Otherwise, this will thrill fusion fans -- and for bassists it's nothing less than a master class on the instrument from a handful of its most accomplished, eclectic, and veteran practitioners.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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