Bassist Stanley Clarke’s first appearance in Glasgow in many years last summer reminded fans of his own singular talent and introduced them to a trio of young accomplices of conspicuous skill, not the least of them being the brilliant pianist from Tbilisi, Georgia, Beka Gochiashvili.
Barely into his twenties, Gochiashvili thrilled at every opportunity and while Clarke obviously runs the show on an album that covers the bassist’s interests in pop-soul, classical music, rap and the sort of high production sounds that he’s brought to his work in film soundtracks, the pianist’s contributions ring out strongly.
The piano, bass and drums feature Alternative Facts is almost worth the admission by itself, with Gochiashvili playing with energy, quick- thinking creativity and physical joyfulness.
Elsewhere, Clarke demonstrates supple mastery of both electric and acoustic basses on the bass guitar and synth produced title track and his reading of Bach’s Cello Suite 1 (Prelude) on double bass. The quartet that mesmerised Glasgow is both supercharged and augmented on a revisit to Return to Forever’s After the Cosmic Rain and the spirit of Clarke’s late conspirator, George Duke hovers on To Be Alive’s partying, parting groove.
Source : HeraldScotland