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Old 07-06-2006, 11:52 PM
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Default Mike Clark

Did a search and I'm pretty sure theres nothing here on him....

C'mon all you Funk Drummers - surely there are some Mike Clark fans...Everyone always thinks of Garabaldi and Cobham etc...but Mike was doin some cool stuff back in the day also..

The Headhunters are a must for any funk/fusion drummers cd collection...Is this guy underrated or what...
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:22 AM
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Did a search and I'm pretty sure theres nothing here on him....

C'mon all you Funk Drummers - surely there are some Mike Clark fans...Everyone always thinks of Garabaldi and Cobham etc...but Mike was doin some cool stuff back in the day also..

The Headhunters are a must for any funk/fusion drummers cd collection...Is this guy underrated or what...
Wow. I almost started a thread about him yesterday.

I actually don't know much about him nor am I sure what popular songs he plays drums on. I only know him from the video.... "Funky Drummers".....which gives about a 15 minute segment from his own video with him and a bass player. I was definitely impressed and know he is a top notch drummer. I'll have to check out The Headhunters. I'm sure I'll love it.
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Old 07-07-2006, 10:01 AM
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Bad dude, no doubt.

Get the Herbie albums "Thrust" and "Flood."

(Flood might be hard to find, but it's worth it)
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:55 PM
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Get the Herbie albums "Thrust" and "Flood."

(Flood might be hard to find, but it's worth it)
Cool - I'll see if I can find those cds....

Also check out Mike's solo joint Actual Proof....I like the way he does those quick-snapping open hi-hat licks like Garabaldi does on Soul Vaccination....
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:56 PM
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Do you have Sly and the Family Stone's album "Fresh"? You'd like that. Andy Newmark on "In Time"....whew...
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:19 PM
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A groove machine.

I have his book "Innovative grooves and advanced concepts". Loaded with 16th notes syncopated odd-accented patterns. He demonstrates a few bars of many patterns on the CD, at around 110 bpm, and his hands are sooooo controlled.

His linear patterns are great as well.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:31 PM
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A groove machine.

I have his book "Innovative grooves and advanced concepts". Loaded with 16th notes syncopated odd-accented patterns.
I saw he has a book out but I didn't pick it up yet....

My plate is full with Gratton, Chaffee and Frankie Malabe :-)

It says on his site that a new DVD is in the works...sweet!
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:50 PM
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I' ve read here and there that Mike Clark was "the most sampled drummer"....

Does anyone know songs that contains samples from him ? I guess we would find that in hip-hop, and I know nothing about hip-hop....

And why would he be sampled more than others ?
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Old 07-13-2006, 05:51 PM
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I' ve read here and there that Mike Clark was "the most sampled drummer"....

Does anyone know songs that contains samples from him ? I guess we would find that in hip-hop, and I know nothing about hip-hop....
I think the title of "Most Sampled Drummer" is probably goin to go to one of James Brown's drummers like Clyde or Jabo....since alot of Hip-Hop and R&B have used those beats...

Herbie's Chameleon might be what your thinking of in terms of Mike being sampled alot....I know Snoop used it for sure..
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Old 07-14-2006, 06:55 AM
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I think the title of "Most Sampled Drummer" is probably goin to go to one of James Brown's drummers like Clyde or Jabo....since alot of Hip-Hop and R&B have used those beats...

Herbie's Chameleon might be what your thinking of in terms of Mike being sampled alot....I know Snoop used it for sure..

Harvey Mason played drums on the original recording of "Chameleon," not Mike Clark.
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Old 07-17-2006, 10:26 PM
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Harvey Mason played drums on the original recording of "Chameleon," not Mike Clark.
Oh...Ma bad!

I guess Mason was on alot of Herbies solo work with Mike being on alot of the Headhunters....

I've been listenin to alot of the Mike Clark Band more.....
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:33 PM
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'Thrust' is one of the greatest drumming albums of all time. I'm too young to remember when it first came out, but I have read that it set the drumming world on fire when it was released. Mike Clark is so funky and cool on that record. I saw him about two years ago with his trio. It was him, a sax player and an organ player. He was playing a little four piece DW jazz kit with hi-hats, one crash and a ride. He tore it up man.

Please, check out 'Thrust' by Herbir Hancock's Headhunters. You won't be sorry!
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:34 PM
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'Thrust' is one of the greatest drumming albums of all time. I'm too young to remember when it first came out, but I have read that it set the drumming world on fire when it was released. Mike Clark is so funky and cool on that record. I saw him about two years ago with his trio. It was him, a sax player and an organ player. He was playing a little four piece DW jazz kit with hi-hats, one crash and a ride. He tore it up man.

Please, check out 'Thrust' by Herbir Hancock's Headhunters. You won't be sorry!
Have you heard "Flood"? It's the live version of "Thrust." If you think Thrust is good...
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:48 PM
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Have you heard "Flood"? It's the live version of "Thrust." If you think Thrust is good...
I'll have to check it out. Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2006, 12:52 AM
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I looooooove Mike Clark. He's one of those guys who never really comes up when asked about who my favorite drummers are, but he's definitely one of them, and he's definitely shaped my drumming. His playing on "Butterfly" is just so tasteful and soulful. Thrust overall is amazing, and same for Flood. That 8th-note pulse of his just grooves on by while he does some hip 16th note syncopation on top.

Pocketman, I think I saw him during the same tour. He had a young, rising-star sax player who tore it up too. I also saw Mike 2 or 3 years ago in NYC playing with the Headhunters band. That band is true musical gospel.
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:27 PM
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I looooooove Mike Clark. He's one of those guys who never really comes up when asked about who my favorite drummers are, but he's definitely one of them, and he's definitely shaped my drumming. His playing on "Butterfly" is just so tasteful and soulful. Thrust overall is amazing, and same for Flood. That 8th-note pulse of his just grooves on by while he does some hip 16th note syncopation on top.

Pocketman, I think I saw him during the same tour. He had a young, rising-star sax player who tore it up too. I also saw Mike 2 or 3 years ago in NYC playing with the Headhunters band. That band is true musical gospel.
I'm hoping to catch a Headhunters show at some point in time. I'll go see Mike in any capacity.
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:00 PM
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I transcribed two Mike Clark grooves. It can be found here: http://www.korompayzsolt.hu/transcripts.htm
I hope you'll like it!
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Old 10-11-2006, 08:10 AM
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man, i saw mr. clark a couple of months ago at a rock venue here in tallahasse and it was amazing. he came with an organ and sax and that was it. he played his dw floor tom and snare and used the house bass drum which is a tiger print rogers 20 inch drum that was left there a few years ago, hats, crash and two rides. the bass drum sound was a little garrish becuase the sound guy eq'd it like any other night, but the show was absolutely amazing.
he did some funk stuff, a herbie tune, and a few straight ahead peices that were crazy. its insane to me how he can be swinging so deep and comping with his left hand and then just slide in downbeat for a couple bars. really spectacular. his chops were out of this world but jesus, that guy just ooozes music.
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Old 01-16-2007, 01:40 AM
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I saw Mike at a clinic in Harrisburg a few months ago, it was awesome. Alot of the stuff he does are just paradiddles and 5 stroke rolls according to him. Some of the funkiest drumming I have seen.

I also really love "The Viper" which is available for download on the site. That beat is so cool.
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Did a search and I'm pretty sure theres nothing here on him....

C'mon all you Funk Drummers - surely there are some Mike Clark fans...Everyone always thinks of Garabaldi and Cobham etc...but Mike was doin some cool stuff back in the day also..

The Headhunters are a must for any funk/fusion drummers cd collection...Is this guy underrated or what...
If you can find it, try to pick up the 1983 June Modern Drummer. There's a terrific interview with Mike. I still have mine and re-read it from time to time. It's the 83 issue with Bill Bruford on the cover. I've had that issue for 23 years. :-)
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:38 AM
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If you can find it, try to pick up the 1983 June Modern Drummer. There's a terrific interview with Mike. I still have mine and re-read it from time to time. It's the 83 issue with Bill Bruford on the cover. I've had that issue for 23 years. :-)
He's got a DVD thats about to come out so maybe that will give him the recognition he is due....
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Old 02-28-2007, 02:41 AM
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Update
DVD is out and I must say I'm totally blown away....

Not only are his funk chops on point but his Jazz is sounding very Elvin and Tony-ish...he's really gotten better...
I have an old VHS with him and Paul Jackson and you can really see how much he has elevated his drumming since then...

Anybody who is not familiar with him really should get this DVD...trust me YOU WILL NOT be dissapointed!
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Quite possibly the funkiest drummer ever.

Does he ever venture out of the states? Or do I have to come and kidnap him?
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Quite possibly the funkiest drummer ever.
Mike Clark is a beast!
He's also a very good Jazz n Blues drummer......
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:59 PM
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He's my favourite drummer.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:34 PM
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GREAT Audio Interview with Mike Clark, recorded in July 2012 - Discusses his Entire Career - Fascinating & Funny as Hell. Listen Here;

http://idhitthatpodcast.podomatic.co...12_03_09-07_00
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