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Stanley Clarke: School Days (Nemperor)

Richard C. Walls, Creem, December 1976

IF YOU'VE heard either of Clarke's two previous Nemperor albums then you're already familiar with the music here. The basic conception remains the same — some up-tempo fusion numbers, some slower pieces, an acoustic bit, some ambitious arrangements (strings, brass, moogs) that pan out into seductive MOR tonalities, i.e., a well balanced set. The musicianship is impeccable, the sound clean, the presentation pleasantly unpretentious. Why, then, is the record so damn dull?

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