School Days (album)

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School Days
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Studio album by Stanley Clarke
Released October 8,1976
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
(1975)
School Days
(1976)
Modern Man
(1978)
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.

Side One
  1. "School Days" – 7:51
    • Stanley Clarke - electric bass, vocals, hand bells
    • Raymond Gomez - guitar
    • David Sancious - keyboards
    • Gerry Brown - drums, hand bells
  2. "Quiet Afternoon" – 5:09
    • Stanley Clarke - electric bass, piccolo bass guitar with instant flanger, acoustic piano
    • David Sancious - Mini-Moog synthesizer
    • Steve Gadd - drums
  3. "The Dancer" – 5:27
    • Stanley Clarke - electric bass, humming, acoustic piano
    • Raymond Gomez - rhythm guitar
    • David Sancious - organ, Mini-Moog synthesizer
    • Gerry Brown - drums
    • Milton Holland - percussion
Side Two
  1. "Desert Song" – 6:56
    • Stanley Clarke - acoustic bass
    • John McLaughlin - acoustic guitar
    • Milton Holland - congas, triangle
  2. "Hot Fun" – 2:55
    • Stanley Clarke - electric bass
    • David Sancious - electric guitar
    • Raymond Gomez - electric guitar
    • Steve Gadd - drums
  3. "Life Is Just a Game" – 9:00
    • Stanley Clarke - electric and acoustic basses, vocals, piccolo bass guitar, gong, chimes
    • Icarus Johnson - electric and acoustic guitars
    • George Duke - keyboards
    • Billy Cobham - drums, Moog 1500 synthesizer

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Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Production[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ginell, Richard (2011). "School Days - Stanley Clarke | AllMusic". allmusic.com. 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". allmusic.com. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Stanley-Clarke-School-Days/release/3338101