Album Remarks & Appraisals:
SMV is a bass supergroup formed in 2008. The group's name comes from the initials of each of its members, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten. SMV's debut release is the Thunder album. Marcus Miller (bass clarinet, synthesizer, electric bass); Stanley Clarke (acoustic bass, electric bass) and Victor Wooten (electric bass).
Down Beat (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese 13 tracks showcase killer chops and unique arrangements....The title track is a metal-edged funk stomper..."
JazzTimes (pp.94-95) - "[T]he three bassists are never less than stunning in their mastery of the four-string....Miller's production is often sparse, the better to showcase the stars..."
Paste (magazine) (p.65) - "Their debut, THUNDER, proves playful: With vocals relegated to the background, the bass takes the melody, the rhythm, the low end, the high end and all the solos, creating an admirably diverse array of sounds and styles."
S.M.V./Stanley Clarke (Double Bass): Stanley Clarke (acoustic bass, electric bass, cymbals); Marcus Miller (bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer, electric bass, fretless bass); Victor Wooten (electric bass).
Personnel: George Duke (trumpet, mini-Moog synthesizer); Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet); Chick Corea (piano); Ruslan Sirota (keyboards); J.D. Blair, Poogie Bell, Derico Watson (drums); Kevin Ricard (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Gerry "The Gov" Brown; David Rideau; Goh Hotoda; David Isaac; Marcus Miller.
Recording information: Hannibal Studios, Santa Monica, CA; House Of Blues Studios, Encino, CA; LeGonks West, Los Angeles, CA; Threshold Sound + Vision, Santa Monica, CA; Topanga Studios, Topanga Canyon, CA; VixMix, Nashville, TN; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA.
Arrangers: Marcus Miller; Stanley Clarke .
Lovers of jazz fusion and devotees of the possibilities of the electric bass have reason to thank the heavens for the arrival of THUNDER. A collaboration between three of the genre's reigning heavyweights-Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten-THUNDER offers up a cornucopia of low-end sonic playfulness and mastery. With tracks that range from orchestral (opener "Maestros de Las Frencuencias Bajas) to moody, spaghetti-western film music ("Los Tres Hermanos"), the album mixes jazz, funk, ambient, light jazz, and classical elements. Clarke, Miller, and Wooten weave their instruments around each other, creating plenty of varied interplay, and making this enjoyable set a bass-lover's dream.