Jamey Haddad Group  at Rochester International Jazz Festival

The last time I saw Stanley Clarke he was playing with Return To Forever. I loved it then but it had a short shelf-life for me. Xerox Auditorium was just about full when we got there, about fifteen minutes before the show, so we sat and talked about the huge bass rig, a pile of amps and speakers eight feet wide and six feet high. The drum set included two snares, four rack toms, two floor toms and eight cymbals. A Steinway sat on the left of the stage and Roland and Korg keyboards on the right. The crowd clapped for the equipment guys. Stanley introduced the band, all under twenty five, and they opened with a Return to Forever tune," Beyond the 7th Galaxy." Then a George Duke Brazilian song where Clarke popped the strings on the double bass. The piano player was fantastic. The drummer was impossibly good and incredibly fast.

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