1. In a career that spans nearly four decades and includes gigs with Return to Forever, Rite of Strings and a variety of other solo and collaborative projects along the way, bassist Stanley Clarke – one of the most prominent voices in electric jazz and fusion – had seemingly covered every possible corner of the jazz landscape. But there was one avenue he had yet to explore.

    “I had never done an acoustic bass record, ever,” he says. “There’s a long list of people on whose records I’ve played acoustic bass – Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson and many others – but I’d never done an acoustic jazz trio record of my own. So I wanted to record one that would just feature the piano and the acoustic bass in a way that you could really hear the bass.”

    This long-overdue dream project becomes a reality with the May 12, 2009, worldwide release of Jazz In The Garden (HUCD 3155) on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. For his first straightahead acoustic jazz trio recording, Clarke assembles two brilliant collaborators at the top of their respective games: pianist Hiromi Uehara and drummer Lenny White. Each represents a distinctly different generational and cultural perspective, but given the range and versatility of both, the net effect is superb. Indeed, the synergy resulting from all three of these luminaries makes for one of the most refreshing Stanley Clarke recordings in recent years.

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  2. 8/12/11 Jelly Roll Morton's "Dead Man Blues" peformed by Wynton Marsalis-trumpet, Victor Goines-clarinet, Marcus Printup-trumpet, Wess 'Warmdaddy' Anderson-saxophone, Carlos Henriquez-bass, Ali Jackson-drums, Dan Nimmer-piano, Chris Crenshaw-trombone, James Chirillo-banjo, and Ricky 'Dirty Red' Gordon-washboard. Jazz in Marciac, Marciac, FRANCE.

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