Personnel: Stanley Clarke (various instruments, acoustic, electric & tenor basses); Larry Graham (vocals, bass); Angela Bofill, Bernard Jackson (vocals); George Howard, Gary Herbig (saxophone); Alan Pasqua, Pat Leonard, Wayne Linsey, Herbie Hancock, David Sancious, Robert Brookins (keyboards); Stanley Jordan, Paul Jackson Jr., Dan Huff (guitar); Alphonso Johnson (bass); Gerry Brown, Rayford Griffin, Stewart Copeland, John Robinson (drums, percussion); Tristan Imboden (drums); June Kuramoto (koto); Howard Hewett, Josie James (background vocals).
Perhaps aware of some creeping staleness in his records, Stanley Clarke brought in a lot of help and sailed in the general direction of the wave on Hideaway, but with only slightly improved results. George Howard, Angela Bofill, Herbie Hancock, Stewart Copeland (with whom Clarke would soon form Animal Logic), the newly emerged Stanley Jordan, and bass colleague Alphonso Johnson are some of the more recognizable names on board, and Clarke mans all of the instruments himself on the drum computer-driven "When It's Cold Outside." Some points of note: Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" gets a lush treatment augmented by Jordan's spidery guitar and Clare Fischer's string chart; "Old Friends" features the core of the School Days band and sounds fresher than its companions while allowing for some electronic updating of the style. ~ Richard S. Ginell