Mike Clark (jazz musician)

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Mike Clark
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Background information
Born (1946-10-03) October 3, 1946 (age 69)
Genres Jazz, funk, jazz-funk, jazz fusion
Instruments Drums
Associated acts The Headhunters
Brand X
Website [1]

Mike Clark (born October 3, 1946) is an American jazz and funk drummer, who is most noted for playing in the Headhunters band headed up by Herbie Hancock in the mid-1970s.[1] Clark's performance on Hancock's album Thrust (1974), and particularly the song "Actual Proof", is often cited as one of the finest examples of the linear funk style of drumming[citation needed]. He was also a member of the UK jazz-fusion outfit Brand X, alternating behind the kit with Phil Collins between 1978-80. Clark has also performed with many top musicians from the worlds of jazz and funk, including Chet Baker, Vince Guaraldi, Fred Wesley, Woody Shaw, Wallace Roney, Eddie Henderson, Tony Bennett, Joe Henderson, Michael Wolff, and Charlie Hunter. He also co-leads a two drummer band with Lenny White, and is currently co-leading and touring with The Wolff and Clark Expedition. He also runs clinics around the world. Clark is also known as one of the most sampled drummers in contemporary music.[2] His beats have appeared on records by Prince, N.W.A, De La Soul, and Janet Jackson, among others.

Selected discography[3][edit]

Year Artist Title Label
1974 Herbie Hancock Thrust Columbia
1974 Herbie Hancock Death Wish Columbia
1974 Betty Davis They Say I'm Different Just Sunshine
1975 Herbie Hancock Flood (Herbie Hancock album) Columbia
1975 The Headhunters Survival of the Fittest Arista
1976 Eddie Henderson Heritage Blue Note
1976 Herbie Hancock Man-Child Columbia
1978 The Headhunters Straight from the gate Arista
1979 Brand X Product Virgin
1980 Brand X Do They Hurt? Virgin
1987 Mike Clark Give the Drummer Some Stash
1992 Mike Clark & Paul Jackson The Funk Stops Here Enja
1994 Mike Clark and friends Jim Payne's New York Funk Grammavision
1995 Mike Clark Master Drummers: Volume Three Ubiquity
1998 Headhunters Skank It Hancock Records
1999 Mike Clark Summertime Jazz Key Music
2000 Mike Clark Actual Proof Platform
2001 Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Marc Wagnon Conjunction Buckyball
2003 Headhunters Evolution Revolution Basin Street
2004 The Mackrosoft 1st Mack to the Moon Mackrosoft Records
2004 The Mackrosoft Life Imitates Clouds Mackrosoft Records
2008 The Headhunters: Live in Europe
2009 Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz: Vol. 1 Talking House Records
2010 Mike Clark Carnival of Soul Owl Studios
2011 The Headhunters Platinum Owl Studios
2013 Mike Clark and Michael Wolff "Wolff & Clark Expedition" Random Act Records
2013 Jeff Berlin "Low Standards" Random Act Records
2013 Tony Adamo Funk Poet (produced by Mike Clark) "Miles of Blu" Random Act Records
2013 Chester Thompson "Mixology" Doodlin Records
2015 Mike Clark and Michael Wolff "Wolff & Clark Expedition 2" Random Act Records


  1. ^ mikeclarkmusic.com
  2. ^ mikeclarkmusic.com
  3. ^ Mikeclarkmusic
  • Biography at All About Jazz link

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