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Da Bass Is Loaded

by Steve Clarke

Smooth & Funky Jazz that features Da Bass playing da grooves, being melodic, and as a solo instrument.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chilin Out
4:39 $0.99
2. Keep It Steady
4:49 $0.99
3. Da Bass Is Loaded
3:46 $0.99
4. Open Forum
4:40 $0.99
5. You Better Recognize
4:34 $0.99
6. A Walk In The Rain
5:21 $0.99
7. Riff Raft Dance
3:13 $0.99
8. Old School Jam
4:45 $0.99
9. Look To A Star
3:54 $0.99
10. Da Joy Of Joy
4:33 $0.99
11. Spit-N-Fire
4:47 $0.99
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STEVE CLARKE'S "Da Bass Is Loaded"


Bassist, composer and educator, mixes jazz, grooves and odd time signatures on new recording.

Hop-N-Bop Records will release "Da Bass Is Loaded", a new recording from the internationally renowned bassist, composer and educator Steve Clarke on January 7, 2005.

Da CD is his 5th release and has been well received in Europe, where it was released in Oct 2004.
It's natural blend of funky grooves, smooth melodies, odd meters and jazz improvisation is the perfect combination to show da bass can be melodic, harmonic and rhythmic.
Da title track is a solo bass piece that says all of the above. "Old School Jam" & "Spit-N-Fire" display the bass in da slap style of playing, laying down da groove but, also on top with distortion added and playing a very melodic solo. "A Walk In The Rain" & "Riff Raft Dance" have da bass on top with a fretless bass sound, a bebop jazz guitar solo by Dave Danna and a funky-melodic organ solo by Chris Coogan on da tunes respectively. Also featured is drummer Chris Stanley turning the beats every which way possible and still grooving like crazy. What a drum solo! On "Keep It Steady" Clarke takes the gloves off and gives his listeners an inspired funkified performance as he adds the wha-wha to da bass. "Look To A Star", another solo bass piece, is a truly transcendent experience. Guitarist Tim Mallory adds da funky spirit throughout the CD as well as his sweet and melodic solo on "Da Joy of Joy".

Da album as a whole, is an inspired documentation of Clarke's experimentation with form, electronics and one that supports his exciting musical personality. He continues to expand his musical visions and ability to tell a musical story with da bass as a melodic instrument.

Born and raised in Bridgeport CT, a graduate of Housatonic Community College, Clarke has worked with many critically acclaimed musicians including the two- time Grammy nominated jazz flautist Sherry Winston, R&B innovators The Coasters, The Drifters, Mary Wells, Sam & Dave, and Ben E. King. He has recorded 8 CD's & tours Europe with trumpeter Laco Deczi's Celula NY Band and has just performed and recorded in Romania with guitarist George Baicea.(Nov 2004)

In addition to his duties as a professional bass-player for the past 25 years, Clarke continues to lend his expertise as Bass Instructor at Fairfield Guitar Center and director of jazz at M.A.C.H.

All CD's available at CDBaby.com and HopnBopRecords.com
"Da Bass Is Loaded" (05Bop122) 2005
"Precious Joy" (04Bop122) 2004
"In The Third Lane" (03Bop122) 2003
"Sweet Surroundings" (02Bop122) 2002
"Kickin It" (01Bop122) 2000

For more info, bookings, interview and tour dates contact Steve Clarke.
Website: http://www.HopnBopRecords.com



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charles demetri

another great cd by talented bass god
very funky, rockin' jazz fusion. a fantastic cd!

Radomir Klein

Steve is an excellent basist if not the best one. Brilliant music ideas acompanied with phantastic base bubbling. It is hard to find a competition. Thank you Steve and hope to see again in Opava, Czech Republic soon ! Only one remark to CDBaby - for such a wonderful music you are selling these CD`s too cheap !


Gotta check you out live !
Da songs, energy and playing are awesome. Where can we hear you live ? I gotta get the older CD's now ... Thanks for
sharing you dreams and making my world a better place! ! !

Kenneth Mahn

This CD is Great . I rate Steve Clarke up there with Marcus Miller and Stanley C

ron warren

Loaded for Sure!!!!
I always did like the bass and listening to Steve is a pleasure. Beautiful sounds he really does make with the bass. Fantastic player.

Bassist too

Very happy music with energy !
Love Da CD! great sound and very happy feelings come across.
Guess I'll have to buy some more of this music. Didn't know
Da bass could get all this sounds ...good job !