There can be little question that Stanley Clarke is one of the greatest jazz-fusion bassists alive today. He continues to make inspirational work both live and in the studio, as heard on this new disc. He opens the proceedings with the four-part suite that gives the CD its title. The amazing tour de force begins with a soft melody that builds, reaches a bass solo that's the tune's centerpiece, and ends with a crescendo that reminds the listener of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life." On the up-tempo "Come On," he goes into a funk-inspired, progressive-rock mode that showcases drummer Ronald Bruner Jr.'s chops as he keeps up with Clarke's hard-to-match bass line. He has a tender moment in "Jerusalem," a beautiful ballad that also features guitarist Michael Landau, who provides the perfect backdrop for the bandleader's... More >>>