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Mike Clark

dr, *1946 US, Sacramento, California
Musician of Jazz and Rock
A.k.a. Michael Jeffrey Clark

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. 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 currentl

     
Instruments
  • Drums
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
Battery on Bass Heroes by Various Artists
Steady Freddy on The Enja Heritage Collection: The Funk Stops Here by Mike Clark & Paul Jackson
In the House on Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1 by Mike Clark
Like That on Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1 by Mike Clark
Loftfunk on Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1 by Mike Clark
Morning Become Electra on Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1 by Mike Clark
10th Ave.1957 on Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1 by Mike Clark
Conchita's Dance on Mike Clark Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 1 by Mike Clark
Cantaloupe Island on Cantaloupe Island by Leon Lee Dorsey, Russell Malone & Mike Clark
Bumpin' on Sunset on Cantaloupe Island by Leon Lee Dorsey, Russell Malone & Mike Clark

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
One In MindDylan Taylor, Larry Coryell, Mike Clark2017Album
One In MindDylan Taylor, Larry Coryell, Mike Clark2016Album
Carnival Of SoulMike Clark2010Album
Blueprints Of Jazz Vol. 1Mike Clark2009Album
SummertimeMike Clark With Billy Childs And Chris Potter2003Album
ConjunctionMike Clark / Paul Jackson / Marc Wagnon2001Album
Actual ProofMike Clark2000Album
The HeadhunterMike Clark1995Album
The Funk Stops HereMike Clark & Paul Jackson1992Album
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