Stanley Clarke turning his virtuoso gaze toward developing artists 

Thought Larry Graham came that whole slap ’n’ pluck funk/bass thing, back in Graham Central Station days?

Nix nix — he just borrowed it from the legendary Stanley Clarke who virtually reinvented how the instrument was played back in the ’70s. And now he’s blazing even more trails, through his very own imprint, Roxboro Entertainment.

After recording 40 albums and 60 film scores, he’s turning his gaze toward other artists, starting with two brand-new discs: “Somos,” from Verve/Blue-Note-influenced LA composer Kennard Ramsey; and “Gentle Warrior,” a fifth offering from San Francisco guitarist Lloyd Gregory.

Next up, on Oct, 25: “Bohemian Sun,” from LA Jazz diva Sunnie Paxson, who’s often toured and recorded with Clarke; and “Ruslan,” from newcomer Ruslan Sirota, a Ukrainian musician raised on a diet of American jazz.

“When you are starting a record company, diversity plays a major role,” Clarke explains of his signing methods. “All of Roxboro’s artists come from different locations in the world, offering remarkable cultural differences.” He’s planning even more new releases for 2012, many of which he’ll be executive producing.

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