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JOURNEY TO LOVE

Stanley Clarke

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.47 | 50 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars One this album, Clarke took the first small step from fusion toward funk being more accessible to other music fan groups. He does it with taste as well his "Who's who" collection of guests like George Duke, who was undergoing transformation into funk already. "Silly putty" has the funky bass and keyboard interplay reach a fantastic level. Brass section is a good enhancement but nothing spectacular. Having heard "Journey to love", you can easily misplace it to be coming from the Duke factory due to his voice and irreplaceable keyboard style. This is a warm number with clear melody with taste rather than virtuosity. "Hello Jeff" compensates it by bringing incredible guitar/bass groove and Jeff Beck shining on the melodic lead guitar. Let's not forget the following Lenny White. "Song to John" is fully acoustic and I like the second part due to the RTF feeling, who else than Mr. Corea behind the keys and Clarke resorting to acoustic bass. The epic last piece feels very loose exploring playing abilities for bass, guitar, drums and keyboards. Excellent piece of music. The Part II is the centerpiece of the ideas and fusion dynamics while the next part explores hard rock with Hammond organ. Not a 5 star album for proggers but need to be explored together with the "School days".
sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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