The 2010 self-titled release by the Stanley Clarke Band is aptly titled; it actually feels more like a band record than anything he's done in decades. This isn't saying that Clarke's solo work is somehow less than, but when he surrounds himself with musicians that are all prodigies in their own right, the end results tend to be more satisfying. Produced by Clarke and Lenny White, his band is made up Compton double-kick drum maestro Ronald Bruner, Jr., Israeli pianist/keyboardist Ruslan Sirota, and pianist Hiromi Uehara (aka Hiromi) who plays selectively but is considered a member.
This album features Stanley Clarke, who needs little introduction. After working with Dexter Gordon, Gil Evans, Pharoah Sanders and Stan Getz his career took off when he formed the legendary Return to Forever band with Chick Corea. Patrice Rushen is a multi-Grammy-nominated artist. Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler has performed with Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis and recorded with George Duke, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Thelonious Monk, The Crusaders and others.
Right after the release of the first Clarke/Duke Project LP Stanley Clarke and George Duke both decided to take a musical break from each other and do a pair of solo albums without the participation of the other.Duke produced 'Dream On' while Clarke produced this album 'Let Me Know You',both in 1982. Both albums are very much funky pop/R&B vocal albums with some curious differences. 'Let Me Know You' is the slightly more jazz oriented of the two and as always, Clarke is not quite as experienced (or communicative) as Duke.The songwriting is extremely strong and three "Straight From The Heart","I Just Want To Be Your Brother","The Force Of Love" and the pounding "New York City" find Clarke moving away from hardcore jazz-rock fusion and into the world of tighter,more carefully crafted and arranged R&B, funk and pop.