1988 Stanley Clarke – If This Bass Could Only Talk

If This Bass Could Only Talk is a 1988 album by American bass player Stanley Clarke.

Stanley Clarke (born June 30, 1951) is an American bassist, film composer and founding member of Return to Forever, one of the first jazz fusion bands. Clarke gave the bass guitar a prominence it lacked in jazz-related music. He is the first jazz-fusion bassist to headline tours, sell out shows worldwide and have recordings reach gold status. Clarke is a 4-time Grammy winner, and one of his electric basses is permanently on display at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Tracks

1  If This Bass Could Only Talk (Stanley Clarke) 02:30
2  Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus) 06:24
3  I Want To Play For Ya (Stanley Clarke) 03:22
4  Stories To Tell (Stanley Clarke) 03:46
5  Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun) (James Harris; Janet Jackson; Terry Lewis) 06:07
6  Workin’ Man (Stanley Clarke) 06:26
7  Tradition (Stanley Clarke) 07:11
8  Come Take My Hand (Stanley Clarke) 04:08
9  Bassically Taps (Stanley Clarke) 03:15

Media

Musicians

1 If This Bass Could Only Talk

BassStanley Clarke
Tap DanceGregory Hines


2 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsGerry Brown
SynthesizerEd Arkin
SaxWayne Shorter


3 I Want To Play For Ya

All Other InstrumentsStanley Clarke
DrumsJR Robinson


4 Stories To Tell

BassStanley Clarke
Acoustic BassStanley Clarke
DrumsStewart Copeland
GuitarAllan Holdsworth
SynthesizerStanley Clarke


5 Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)

BassStanley Clarke
Acoustic BassStanley Clarke
Bass (synthesizer)Byron Miller
DrumsLeon Chancler
PianoVance Taylor
TrumpetFreddie Hubbard
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


6 Workin’ Man

BassStanley Clarke
BassJames Earl
DrumsGerry Brown
SynthesizerSteve Hunter


7 Tradition

BassStanley Clarke
BassJames Earl
DrumsGerry Brown
SynthesizerSteve Hunter


8 Come Take My Hand

DrumsJR Robinson
BassStanley Clarke
GuitarStanley Clarke
PianoGeorge Duke
SynthesizerStanley Clarke
SaxGeorge Howard


9 Bassically Taps

BassStanley Clarke
TapGregory Hines

Liner Notes

Producer – Stanley Clarke
Arranged By – Stanley Clarke
Arranged By – Ed Arkin (Track 2)
Arranged By – Byron Miller (Track 5)
Engineer – Csaba Petocz, Steve Sykes
Engineer (Additional) – Dan Humann, Mitch Gibson
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Mick Guzauski (Track 5)

Art Direction – Tony Lane, Nancy Donald
Photography By – Chris Cuffaro

Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Records Inc.
Manufactured By – Portrait Records (4)
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Recorded At – Garage Recorders
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – Baby’O Recorders
Recorded At – Cherokee Studios
Recorded At – The Complex
Recorded At – Westlake Audio
Engineered At – CBS Records Studio, New York