While often referred to as the “Tony Williams of funk,” Mike Clark considers jazz his first love. He gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers.
During the late sixties, he led his own jazz organ trio, until he met Hancock in 1973. With Hancock, Mike set the rhythms for the acclaimed group, The Headhunters. Afterwards, he did a two-year stint with Brand X, the British jazz/rock fusion band founded by Phil Collins. With them he recorded ”Do They Hurt?” and “Product.”
Along with James Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield, Mike’s beats with The Headhunters (most notably “God Make Me Funky”) include some of the most sampled in hip hop. Featured in Downbeat, Musician, International Musician & Recording World, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Guitar Player, Jazz Is and numerous jazz history and method books, Mike is a popular and busy clinician.
Release Date: 6 April 2018
Format: CD | Digital
Mike Clark – Drums | Delbert Bump – Hammond Organ | Elias Lucero – Guitar
Special Guests: Vince Denham – Tenor & Soprano Saxophone / Horn Arrangement on “More Chicken” | Rob Dixon – Tenor Saxophone on Honky Tonk
01. Topsy | 02. Chicken | 03. Deep In The Inner City | 04. Hi Heel Sneakers | 05. Alice In Wonderland | 06. You Don’t Know What Love Is | 07. No Blues | 08. More Chicken | 09. Peri’s Scope | 10. Honky Tonk | 11. Well, You Needn’t
Last modified: July 16, 2018