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Old 05-22-2008, 03:20 PM
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Excerpt from Interview with bassist Stanley Clarke in Austin Chronicle

SC: We understand that we have certain tendencies in other areas like rock and definitely classical, but look at Chick's history. He's played with Blue Mitchell, Stan Getz, and Miles Davis. I played with Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, and Stan Getz. Lenny played with Freddie Hubbard, et cetera, et cetera. Al was the only guy who was more rock than jazz, but Al had a lot of technique, and even today he's considered a jazz guitar player. Our music was called jazz-rock because we played as loud as any rock band out there, but our solos were jazz solos. We know how to play on changes. We know how to use different kinds of phrasing that you would hear with Coltrane or Davis. We started out playing shows with David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bachman-Turner Overdrive. We did many shows with Fleetwood Mac, all the way up until they had their big album Rumours. We played with Teddy Pendergrass. So we were a jazz-rock band, but when the saxophones came on the scene, the rock went away, and it was easier to call it fusion
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