Post Number: 746
|Posted on Saturday, November 05, 2005 - 12:24 am: |
I just got back from seeing Stanley Clarke at Yoshi's, Great show. A 23 year old keyboardist and 22 year old drummer, both of whom kicked ass! Stanley played an upright for the first half, and then finished out the show with Dragon's Breath!!!! It sounded incredible.
Post Number: 2524
|Posted on Saturday, November 05, 2005 - 6:35 am: |
He took out Dragon's Breath!!??
Post Number: 747
|Posted on Saturday, November 05, 2005 - 9:04 am: |
He took it out, wined and dined it, proposed, married, had kids, the whole 9 yards! He absolutely wailed on it. In fact, during one passage where he was pounding away power chords that would make ac/dc cringe in fear, I believe he blew out one of the house speakers! He really got some amazing tones out of it, including some unusual lead type tones and sometimes sounded like he was using an envelope follower, though I couldn't see if there were any pedals at his feet. Another highlight was when Stanley played flamenco guitar on his stand up bass!
It's funny, there was a young hippie couple sharing our table. When Stanley took out Dragon's Breath, I turned to my wife and said "He's playing THE Alembic". The young hippie guy turns to me and tells me that Stanley has actually been playing Alembic for years! LOL I explained to him that I didn't mean "an" Alembic, but rather "THE" Alembic and told him about Dragon's Breath. It was cool to realize that my hands had touched it before Stanley's. (I was up at the shop before it was delivered to Stanley - but I was sworn to secrecy!).
That's Alembic for you, they create a presentation work of art to honor Stanley that just happens to also be an awesome instrument appropriate for performance too.
Post Number: 254
|Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 7:15 am: |
I just did the Saturday night show and really had a blast as well. I was hoping he would play the Alembic a little more but still enjoyed what he did do. I have to ditto your thoughts on the sound and performance of Stanley playing his Alembic and like you the thought that I actually had that bass in my grubby little hands was awe inspiring. I am sure Stanley played better because I had held that bass but that's another story! Anyway time to go practice.
Post Number: 2525
|Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 7:17 am: |
If I had known he was going to play "THE" bass, I would have bought a bus ticket cross country! Well no, I wouldn't have really; but I'm glad you were there for the experience on my behalf!
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 7:22 pm: |
ya i saw him on the 6th at a matinee show. it was amazing, and he was of course insane