fusion

Review: Thunder from Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten

Thunder. Rhythmic, melodic, rock you out, funk you up. Thunder! Back in the spring when I interviewed Marcus Miller, I asked him what was in the pipeline. He mentioned that there was a bass trio recording that he Stanley and Victor were working on – and oh what a recording it’s turned out to be. I can’t imagine a better name for this all-star collaboration between these three Bass Masters of the Universe. The thunderous power that is conjured up by SMV is awe-inspiring, not just in the low and middle registers, but in the compositions and arrangements as well. This isn’t some ego driven free-for-all that’s all chops and no meat. In my opinion, it’s the compositions that drive this recording, with each bassist unselfishly contributing for the benefit of the whole. I have to admit that of the three players, I’m least familiar with Victor Wooten; but I was easily able to identify each distinctive voice, in fact, this is probably the best setting I’ve heard Stanley play in in quite sometime. To have three of today’s leading bassists, each of which bring much more to the table than just being a recording artist, creating such a cohesive project, speaks volumes of their talents and obvious kinship. One could only hope that this doesn’t end up being a one-off project. Also, kudos to Heads Up for having the guts to release this project, in a year that has been extremely lean for anything remotely approaching quality jazz, yet alone fusion. One last opinion if I may: I’ve purchased maybe five actual physical CDs this year, but I’ve purchased at least 60 downloadable, complete jazz recordings thus far. How come they don’t come with downloadable digital booklets?

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Comments
  1. Mike lEWANDOWSKI

    6 years ago

    Who else plays on this CD? What other instruments are there, Drums? Keys? Guitar? Wind?

  2. John Hilderbrand

    6 years ago

    Hi, Mike. There are a number of musicians on the recording but some tracks are just the bassists. Marcus plays several instruments on some. Chick Corea is on keys on one – Chick produced by Marcus Miller. Patches Stewart is on trumpet on one. The drum chair is filled by several gentlemen – Poogie Bell, Derico Watson, Ronald Bruner, Jr., J.D. Blair. Butterscotch provides beat box, vocals on some. George Duke has appearances on two. There are samples that you can check out by clicking the Amazon link in the post. Hope this helps.