Monday, April 13, 2009
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Stanley Clarke
Song:Black On Black Crime
Album:Stanley Clarke At The Movies
Bassist Stanley Clarke is best known for his days with the fusion group Return To Forever and various other projects. In recent years he has composed a lot of music for films & TV and that's what this 1995 CD is about. He was born June 30, 1951 in Philadelphia and studied music at the Philadelphia Academy Of Music. After graduating, he moved to New York and joined Pharoah Sanders band. He also played with Gil Evans, Mel Lewis, Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon & Art Blakey. But Clarke's big break came when Chick Corea hired him to be in the very popular fusion band Return To Forever in 1974. He also started recording solo albums with the 1976 album School Days being the most popular. After Return To Forever split up in 1977, Clarke worked on various projects including Animal Logic with Stewart Copeland and The Clarke/Duke Project with George Duke. But he also started composing music for film & TV. He was nominated for an Emmy for his music in Pee Wee's Playhouse. John Singleton's landmark 1992 film Boyz 'N' The Hood is one of Clarke's best scores. This 1995 CD has two songs from that along with music from some of Clarke's other films. Clarke continues to work on film composing and currently does the music for the ABC Family series Lincoln Heights. He also hosts On The Road with Stanley Clarke on BET-J. His latest solo CD The Toys Of Men was released Oct. 2007 on Heads Up Records. Here's the scene from Boyz 'N' The Hood that contains Black On Black Crime.