Mike Clark is a jazz-funk pioneer. As a member of keyboardist Herbie Hancock’s legendary fusion band Head Hunters, he wrote the playbook on how to turn busy, displaced 16th-note grooves into some of the coldest, most-sampled beats of all time. While Clark is a genre-shifting innovator, he is also a lyrical, expressive, and hard-swinging drummer steeped in tradition and legacy.
In his second method, The Post-Bop Drum Book, Clark digs deep into the concepts necessary for fluency in the jazz idiom. From triplet variations to comping and phrasing, Clark lends his take on the linguistic blueprint of the masters that came before him.
This past summer, Mike was featured on two releases: Eddie Henderson’s Shuffle and Deal and Wolff Clark Dorsey Play Sgt. Pepper. In conversation, Clark is quick to tell you exactly what he thinks while also being generous to share the knowledge he’s acquired.