School Days (album)

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School Days
Studio album by Stanley Clarke
Released 1976
Recorded June 1976
Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY and
A&M Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Jazz fusion, jazz-funk
Length 37:18
Label Nemperor Records
Epic Records
Producer Stanley Clarke, Ken Scott
Stanley Clarke chronology
Journey to Love
School Days
Modern Man
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

School Days is the fourth album by jazz fusion bassist Stanley Clarke. The album reached number 34 in the Billboard 200 chart and number 2 in the Jazz Albums chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Stanley Clarke.

  1. "School Days" – 7:51
  2. "Quiet Afternoon" – 5:09
  3. "The Dancer" – 5:27
  4. "Desert Song" – 6:56
  5. "Hot Fun" – 2:55
  6. "Life Is Just a Game" – 9:00


  • Stanley Clarke – electric bass guitar, acoustic bass, piccolo bass guitar, acoustic piano, vocals, handbells, gong, chimes, humming, producer, composer
  • John McLaughlin – acoustic guitar on "Desert Song"
  • Icarus Johnson – electric and acoustic guitars on "Life Is Just a Game"
  • David Sancious – keyboards, Minimoog synthesizer, organ on tracks 1-3, electric guitar on track 5
  • George Duke – keyboards on "Life Is Just a Game"
  • Milt Holland – percussion, congas, triangle on "The Dancer" and "Desert Song"
  • Steve Gadd – drums on "Quiet Afternoon" and "Hot Fun"
  • Billy Cobham – drums, Moog 1500 on "Life Is Just a Game"
  • Gerry Brown – drums, handbells on "School Days" and "The Dancer"
  • Raymond Gomez – electric guitar on "School Days", "The Dancer", "Hot Fun"
String Personnel

David Campbell, Dennis Karmazyn, Lya Stern, Thomas Buffum, Janice Adele Gower, Marcia Van Dyke, Karen Jones, Robert Dubow, Ronald Strauss, Rollice Dale, Gordon Marron, John Wittenberg, Marilyn Baker

Brass Personnel

Jack Nimitz, Buddy Childers, Lew McCreary, Dalton Smith, Robert Findley, Gary Grant, George Bohanon, William Peterson, Stuart Blumberg, Albert Aarons


  • Lynn Dreese Breslin – Art Direction
  • Bob Defrin – Art Direction
  • Ken Scott – Producer, Engineer, Remixing
  • Jerry Solomon – Assistant Engineer
  • Ed Thacker – Assistant Engineer


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard (2011). "School Days - Stanley Clarke | AllMusic". Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 41. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ "School Days - Stanley Clarke | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 22 April 2014.