CD The Toys of Men (CD 1148457), Audio Other
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The Toys of Men

  • 1. Toys of Men, The
    2. Cosmic Intervention
    3. Jerusalem
    4. Back in the Woods
    5. All Over Again
    6. Hmm Hmm
    7. Bad Asses
    8. Game
    9. La Cancion de Sofia
    10. El Bajo Negro
    11. Broski
    12. Chateauvallon 1972 (Dedicated to Tony Williams)
    13. Bass Folk Song No. 6
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HUCD-3128

  • Credits
    ProducerStanley Clarke; Stanley Clarke
    EngineerStanley Clarke; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Ed Thacker

    Bassist/composer Stanley Clarke was around at fusion's inception, playing with Chick Corea, George Duke, and many others. While other performers might have muddied fusion's waters with overindulgence and blandness, Clarke's TOYS OF MEN proves that it's still very much a viable musical route. Throughout, there's a balance of acoustic and electric instrumentation (Clarke even plays an acoustic bass guitar on some tracks), as well as moods both contemplative ("Back In The Woods") and darkly funky ("Game"). The six-part "Toys Of Men" even reflects some 1970's prog-rock influence. Old fans of fusion will likely be pleased with TOYS and fusion/jam band newbies should check it out as well.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he album presents a varied menu, complete with fantastic electric and acoustic bass solos, all against a surprisingly textural backdrop."
    JazzTimes (p.93) - "[H]e stretches his fabled chops to another level....Clarke's signature slap technique comes to the fore on funky vehicles like the super-charged 'Come On'..."
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