Mike Clark (jazz musician)

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Mike Clark
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Background information
Birth name Michael Jeffrey Clark
Born (1946-10-03) October 3, 1946 (age 71)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970s–present
Labels Rope-a-Dope, Sony, Random Acts, P-Vine, Owl Studios
Associated acts Herbie Hancock, The Headhunters, Eddie Henderson, Brand X
Website www.drummermikeclark.com

Mike Clark (born October 3, 1946) is an American drummer. He gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early 70's. His incisive playing on Hancock's "Actual Proof" garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers throughout the world.[1]

Michael Jeffrey Clark was born in Sacramento, California, on October 3, 1946 Mike traveled around the country with his father, a drummer himself and a union man for the railroad.[2] His dad had a great appreciation for jazz and blues music,and Mike absorbed the music of America while riding the rails. He credits this exposure as forming the foundation for his ability to synthesize many different regional styles. From age 4, he was a prodigy, sitting in - and getting "house"- with bands in Texas and New Orleans. By the time he reached his early twenties he was known as one of the founders of the distinctive East Bay Sound coming out of Oakland, California.[3]

Mike has performed with such well-known jazz greats as Herbie Hancock[4], Christian McBride, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Vince Guaraldi, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Albert King, Larry Coryell, Mike Wolff, Wallace Roney, Billy Childs, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Potter, Bobby McFerrin, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., and Gil Evans and his orchestra.[5]

His latest recordings include "Retro Report" with Delbert Bump on Rope-a-Dope label[6], "Life Cycle" with Mark Sherman, Chase Baird, and Felix Pastorius, also on Rope-a-Dope[7]; Eddie Henderson's "Be Cool" on the Smoke label[8]; Charnett Moffett's "Music from Our Soul" on Motima[9]; and "Indigo Blue: Live at the Iridium" with Christian McBride, Donald Harrison, Rob Dixon, Randy Brecker, and Antonio Farao on Highnote[10].

Clarke endorses dw drums, Evans drumheads, and Vic Firth drumsticks. He also formerly used Remo drumheads for a while in the past. Recently, he signed on with Istanbul Agop cymbals, after having previously used Zildjian and later Paiste cymbals.

Selected discography[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 Man-Child Columbia
1975 Herbie Hancock Flood CBS/Sony [Japan]
1975 The Headhunters Survival of the Fittest Arista
1976 Eddie Henderson Heritage Blue Note
1976 Alphonso Johnson Yesterday's Dreams Epic
1977 The Headhunters Straight From the Gate Arista
1979 Brand X Product Passport
1979 Brand X Do They Hurt? Passport
1981 Jack Walrath Group (with Ricky Ford) Revenge of the Fat People Stash
1983 Jack Walrath Quintet Jack Walrath Quintet at Umbria Jazz Festival, Vol. 1 Red Records
1983 Jack Walrath Quintet Jack Walrath Quintet at Umbria Jazz Festival, Vol. 2 Red Records
1984 Percy Jones Ensemble Propeller Music Hot Wire [Germany]
1989 Mike Clark Sextet (with Ricky Ford and Jack Walrath) Give the Drummer Some Stash
1989 Jack Wilkins Trio Call Him Reckless MusicMasters/BMG
1991 Jack Wilkins Alien Army MusicMasters/BMG
1992 Mike Clark & Paul Jackson (with Kenny Garrett) The Funk Stops Here Tiptoe/Enja
1992 Suzanne Pittson Blues and the Abstract Truth Vineland
1993 Mike Clark Group Jim Payne's New York Funk! Vol. 1 Gramavision
1994 Marc Puricelli Melting Point MusicMasters/BMG
1995 Mike Clark The Headhunter: Master Drummers, Volume Three Ubiquity
1995 Marc Puricelli Shade MusicMasters/BMG
1996 Dave Ellis Raven Monarch
1997 Henry "The Skipper" Franklin (with Phil Vieux, Marc Seales) The Hunter Resurgent Music
1998 The Headhunters Return of the Headhunters! Hancock/Verve Forecast
1999 John Tank Quartet Canadian Sunset TCB Records
1999 Mike Clark (with Billy Childs and Chris Potter) Summertime JazzKey Music
2000 Mike Clark Actual Proof Platform
2001 Mike Clark / Paul Jackson / Marc Wagnon Conjunction Buckyball
2003 The Headhunters Evolution Revolution Basin Street
2003 The Mackrosoft 1st Mack to the Moon Mackrosoft
2003 The Mackrosoft Life Imitates Clouds Mackrosoft
2003 George Pajon, Jr. Fried Plantains Kufala Recordings
2004 Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts Dangerous Vision Artemis
2004 Reuben Wilson (with Melvin Sparks) Fun House Savant
2005 Rebecca Barry and the Headunters Rebecca Barry and the Headunters Rebecca Barry Productions
2005 The Mackrosoft Antonio's Giraffe Mackrosoft
2006 Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1 Talking House
2006 Michael Wolff Love and Destruction Wrong Records
2007 Tony Adamo Straight Up Deal UrbanZone
2007 Jerry Stucker It's All a Groove UrbanZone
2008 The Headhunters On Top: Live in Europe BHM Productions
2009 Mike Clark's Prescription Renewal (with Fred Wesley, Skerik, Robert Walter, Charlie Hunter) Live at the Fox Theatre P-Vine [Japan]
2010 Mike Clark Carnival of Soul Owl Studios
2011 The Headhunters Platinum Owl Studios
2013 Mike Clark / Michael Wolff Wolff & Clark Expedition Random Act
2013 Jeff Berlin Low Standards Random Act
2013 Tony Adamo Miles of Blu Random Act
2013 Chester "CT" Thompson Mixology Doodlin' Records
2015 Mike Clark / Michael Wolff Wolff & Clark Expedition 2 Random Act
2015 Mike Clark / Gaetano Letizia / Wilbur Krebs Froggy & the Toads Letizia Music
2015 Tony Adamo & the New York Crew Tony Adamo & the New York Crew UrbanZone
2015 Jerry Weldon On the Move! Doodlin' Records
2016 Dylan Taylor (with Larry Coryell) One in Mind Blujazz Productions
2017 Charnett Moffett Music From Our Soul Motéma Music
2017 Mike Clark & Delbert Bump (with Elias Lucero) Retro Report Ropeadope
2018 Eddie Henderson (with Donald Harrison, Kenny Barron) Be Cool Smoke Sessions
2018 Venture (Mike Clark / Mark Sherman / Chase Baird / Felix Pastorius) Life Cycle Ropeadope

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