The Miles Davis Award, celebrating the work and influence of an international jazz musician, goes to the bass-playing giant Stanley Clarke.
Clarke will be the 18th recipient of the Miles Davis Award, joining such previous Davis award winners as Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Joe Zawinul and Pat Metheny.
The Miles Davis Award was created for the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s 15th anniversary in 1994 to honor a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom.
Stanley Clarke led the “bass revolution” of the ’70s, bringing the instrument to the height of respectability and paving the way for its use by soloists. Among his many accomplishments, Clarke is credited with pioneering the slap technique and inventing two new instruments: the piccolo bass and the tenor bass. His incredible mastery on both electric and acoustic bass and his creativity have been recognized with a slew of Grammys, Emmys, gold and platinum albums, and rankings among the world’s best bassists, etc.
The first bassist to headline international tours, he was sought out by the likes of Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards for numerous projects. He is also a composer, arranger, bandleader and performer of film scores (Boys N the Hood, What’s Love Got to Do With It…). A polyglot artist, equally fluent in electric and acoustic jazz, with an unparalleled skill, Clarke had already been proclaimed a legend by the age of 25!
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