Reviews & TESTIMONIALS


(He’s) not a revivalist: he was actually there, anchoring Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, laying down the kinds of funky beats and snappy solos that have made him one of hip-hop’s favorite sample-sources.
— The Washington Post

Summertime

 

Summertime:  “Clark exhibits a versatility rarely associated with him. Not only does he keep solid time and provide strong, focused solos, but his coloring and accents are equally dynamic. Press rolls, rim shots, nudges, curls, pops, probes, delicate caresses and sundrous booms are all part of his greater arsenal, and each can be unleashed by the slightest of whims.”

This entire date is a revelation. Hopefully, Mike Clark will make more straightahead records …
— Ron Wynn
Clark exhibits a versatility rarely associated with him. Not only does he keep solid time and provide strong, focused solos, but his coloring and accents are equally dynamic. Press rolls, rim shots, nudges, curls, pops, probes, delicate caresses and sundrous booms are all part of his greater arsenal, and each can be unleashed by the slightest of whims.
— RIEL LAZARUS 

Carnival of Soul

The drumming great’s debut for Owl Studios is a paean to the B3 organ trio, a format he played in for half a dozen years during his early 20s. But rather than being just a greasy throwdown-which he does with requisite grit on “T’s Boogaloo,” alongside organist Delbert Bump and guitarist Steve Homan-this is a versatile outing that showcases the organ in all of its manifestations.
— Bill Milkowsky, Jazz Times
Legendary Drummer Mike Clark’s ‘Carnival of Soul’ is a Propulsive, Joyful Jazz/Funk Collection. Joined by Top Musicians, Clark Pays Homage to an Unsung Genre: B3 Organ Trios. Owl Studios to Release New CD on June 10th. Legendary drummer Mike Clark’s upcoming Carnival of Soul is a propulsive, joyful collection of jazz/funk tracks that pays homage to one of Clark’s beloved genres, the B3 Organ Trio.
— Jazz News

Give the Drummer Some

Mike … (embodies) the history of modern jazz drumming ... You could hear he had studied the styles of Philly Joe Jones and Art Blakey as well as Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette. Mike is definitely much more than just a superb funk drummer.
— Peter Madsen

Thrust 

Drummer Mike Clark has got to be one of the slickest trickiest drummers out there, and the rest of Herbie’s crew seems to relish every twist and turn he throws at them.
— Jazz Archives

Blueprints of Jazz

While “Actual Proof” and a slew of other terrific tracks have cemented Clark’s reputation as a drummer with chops to spare, this particular period of his musical life has often pigeonholed him. Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1 will alter this perception as he demonstrates why, throughout his storied career, he has been a first call drummer for A-list artists like Hancock, Chet Baker, Bobby Hutcherson and Tony Bennett.
— Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
If Clark’s stellar 2003 recording, Summertime, hadn’t already established the fact that he is indeed a brilliant jazz drummer, this superb release makes the case in no uncertain terms.
— Bill Milkowsky, Jazz Times

Wolff and Clark Expedition, 2

A combustible environment of exploration, chance-taking and musical conversation
— Downbeat
The two leaders (Michael Wolff and Mike Clark) display deft interplay on a percussive read of “Gingerbread Boy” while more simpatico moments are spotlighted on “Mulgrew.” Impressive small group workout on a variety of levels.
— George Harris, Jazz Weekly