proved they are still or are once again the best band ever tonight in boston.  chick corea, stanly clarke, lenny white and even al dimeola were unbelievabley tight as if they had not missed a day of playing together mind you 25 years.  bela fleck with victor wooten (the warm up band) were pretty ok too.  what kinda weird hillbilly is that fleck guy huh?
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rtf with bella flack opening? wow.  i don't suppose that stanley and victor wooten had an ultimate bass guitar duel, did they?
with the winner being declared lord and master of the electric bass of course.
no no.  victor wooten is bela flecks bass player and was playing in the first show entirely seperate from stan\ey clarke who is chick corea's bass player and was playing in the headline band "return to forever".  
   it was hard to imagine how stanely could follow victors show i will admit however.  victor was nothing less than other wordly.  and for rtf's first three tunes i did think stanley was the lesser of the two.  but then in the fourth rtf tune stanely took center stage and took solo that said "oh wait just one minute".  "this is stanley "   stanely was amazing from there on in.  you know they are both very different bass players.  both greatness in their very distinct own ways.  i am just happy i was there to experience both of them in person.  this summer this was he second great concert i have been to after a long period of not spending any time going out to hear live music.  it has moved me to a new place in thinking it is important for me to hear live performances.  it is a whole different bag than listening to recordings.  you learn something completely different listening to live performances.  
     on another note.  bela fleck with victor wooten as his bass player was such a great opening act that i did have the feeling that it might be sensory overload trying to listen to chick after that show.  it was sort like eating a full filet mignon dinner just after finishing off a full course baked stuffed lobster.  but as soon as chick took the stage any of those fears dissapeared.  it was all about bring on the filet.  and i will say as great as bela was... chick was clearly the elder statesman clearly the master clearly in complarison the founder that had made it possable for the opening band had even got the idea to exist.  and chick was supererior.  he was just incomprehensibly good.
hasn't stanley left electric bass for the acoustic?
i agree fleck is a musical virtouso too.
wow what a concert that must have been.  viva "live" music.
chick corea has performed with (and recorded live with) bela fleck and the flecktones.  they have a history.  
i think vic is doing some kind of tour or recording project with 2 or 3 other bass players at the moment.  stanley might be one of them.
this was a return to forever concert.  the repetoire was all the  old return to forever tunes ie, "court of the jester", "space circus", etc.  so of course stanley clarke had no choice but to play electric bass on this repoitorire.  there was only one tune that stanley played upright on and that was a tune they all played accoustic ("no mystery" i think)otherwise that was not the case on this night. not by any stretch.
   yes chick has performed and recorded with fleck but on this night they were seperate performances.
on this tour, stanley's been playing a modified (i.e. smaller scale) acoustic bass that appears to be more like an upright version of a fretless bass guitar during the "unplugged" portion of the concert.

also, if he's taken a break from playing electric bass until recently, it certainly doesn't show in his chops. :)
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