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05-15-2011, 05:12 PM
DIEHARD the King fan
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Slightly different genre than most of the other posts here but, this is the MUSIC thread, Right?:
Saw an awesomely entertaining concert last night with Jr and another attorney:
Stanley Clarke's 60th birthday party celebration at the Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood
First off, if you've never been to this venue, you are missing out. Its in an office building one block east of Highland on the north side of Sunset. You enter the courtyard of the building though its parking lot on McCadden and there is a single door entrance to this very intimate night club on the ground level.
He played two shows last night one at 8, the other set for 10, but he played long on the first show and didn't start til close to 11 for the late show. (he played to just before 1:00 am)
Glad we got there early for the late show because standing in the courtyard waiting for the first show to let out you could hear everything, and the two sets were not the same.
Early on during the late show he asked the crowd if he could delve into the songs he wanted to play for his own birthday, and no one hearing could or would say "no" or in any way be upset. We didnt know it then, but we were in for a treat.
If you don't know who Stanley Clarke is, your knowledge of the Bass guitar is lacking. Aside from having the Best Modern jazz album of the Year last year (so say the Grammy's) he is considered the leading virtuoso of the Bass, both stand up and electric, and he plays the electric bass in a manner to rival how the best guitarists play their guitars. The first part of the show was very old school with him thumping away on the stand up bass, and the second part was much more modern rock jazz and R and B.
He finished out bringing up the former Keyboardist from Earth Wind and Fire, Larry Dunn (his neighbor) for an 15 minute long unbelievably rocking version of "Shining Star" with a few bars of "Thank you for letting me be myself" thrown in for good measure.
He also performed one on my favorite Stanley Clarke/Jeff Beck songs "Rock 'n Roll Jelly" during which he had several other bassist come on stage including Barry Blomberg and Bunny Brunell who he proceeded to battle (go back and forth with) each one upping the other to play faster or funkier. It was so damn good.
Even Jr., who said after the first song that I could just imagine him in an elevator through the whole show if it stayed like it was at the beginning, was rocking out by the end and totally impressed. He even put on the Stanley Clarke Disk in the car this morning on the way to hockey and was listening to it while waiting for me in the car my pick-up game ended.
Jr took a bunch of pics with his i-phone, so I'll post some of those later but here's one i took with the crappy camera on my phone:
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