I Wanna Play for You

I Wanna Play for You

by Stanley ClarkeStanley Clarke
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Stanley Clarke stretches his muscles and comes up with a mostly impressive, polystylistic, star-studded double album (now on one CD) that gravitates ever closer to the R&B mainstream. Clarke's writing remains strong and his tastes remain unpredictable, veering into rock, electronic music, acoustic jazz, even reggae in tandem with British rocker Jeff Beck. Clarke's excursion into disco, "Just a Feeling," is surprisingly and infectiously successful, thanks to a good bridge and George Duke's galvanizingly funky work on the Yamaha electric grand piano (his finest moment with Clarke by far). The brief "Blues for Mingus," a wry salute from one master bassist to another (Mingus died about six months before this album's release), is a cool acoustic breather for piano trio, and the eloquent Stan Getz can be detected, though nearly buried under the garish vocals and rock-style mix, on "The Streets of Philadelphia." Yet even the talented Clarke in full creative flower couldn't quite fill a double set with new material, so he has a tendency to reprise some of his old memorable riffs a lot, and there are several energetic snapshots of his live band in action. In its zeal to get this two-LP set onto one disc, Epic deleted three of the original 15 tracks -- including at least one gem, the sizzling hard rocker "All About" -- and scrambled the order of the remaining tunes. Which is dumb, because the missing tracks only take up a bit less than 12 minutes of playing time, not enough to overload a 65-minute disc. Hunt for the double-LP version if you can still play vinyl.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/1994
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646429525
catalogNumber: 64295
Rank: 85044

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stanley Clarke   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Piccolo Bass,Talk Box,oberheim
Jeff Beck   Guitar,Electric Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Piano (Grand)
Ronnie Foster   Piano
Mike Garson   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,oberheim
Stan Getz   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Malach   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Perry Robinson   Synthesizer
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Lyricon
Ray Gomez   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Todd Cochran   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,oberheim,Arp 2600
Dee Dee Bridgewater   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerry Brown   Drums
Cathy Carson   Vocals
Juanita Curiel   Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
Harrison   Trumpet
Freddie Hubbard   Flugelhorn
Phil Jost   Organ,Keyboards
Harvey Mason   Drums
Gwen Owens   Vocals
Lee Ritenour   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Robinson   Synthesizer,Keyboards
James Tinsley   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Williams   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Alfred Williams   Saxophone
Darryl Brown   Cymbals,Drums
David DeLeon   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Mike Garson   Composer,Arp String Ensemble
Airto Moreira   Executive Producer
Todd Cochran   Arp String Ensemble
Stanley Clarke   Producer
David Leonard   Engineer
Peter Robinson   Arp String Ensemble
Ed Thacker   Engineer

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