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... the weekend spin

Greetings jazz enthusiast, as Friday arrives in all its splendor I hope you have safe and prosperous weekend. Today, I’m featuring one of the finest collaborations to emerge from the nineties by the phenomenal composer-bassist and producer Stanley Clarke. He joins forces with his friends Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Deron Johnson and Najee to record one of the most memorable albums from this decade titled Live at the Greek! –Rob Young | The Urban Flux

Clarke, Carlton, Cobham, Johnson & Najee - Live at the Greek

Clarke, Carlton, Cobham, Johnson & Najee -][- Live at the Greek – [Epic, 1994]

Live At The Greek” is Stanley Clarke’s best music in almost twenty years; however this disc isn’t only for Stanley fans. With the incredible drumming of Cobham, Stanley is brought to a level that he hasn’t displayed on disc since live 76-77. The ability for these two men to have borderline telepathic interplay is well worth the price of the disc alone. However Carlton, Najee and Johnson all make a generous contribution to the band. There are versions of favorite tunes by all except for Johnson whom I believe didn’t have any original material at the time.

The highlight has to be the marathon version of “School Days” which features a Clarke/Cobham intro and then it is taken to places the other versions didn’t go to.If you are familiar with any of the members of this band buy this disc or if you don’t have any Jazz/Fusion discs this is a great place to start.

This recording has rock (“Minute by Minute“) jazz (Miles Davis’ “All Blues“) smooth jazz (Najee’s “Buenos Aires“) and all out fusion (“Stratus” and “School Days“) all performed flawlessly and in an engaging manner. There is something for everyone. Highly Recommended. —Jeff Arenson | Amazon.com

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