136

Mike Clark: Summertime

By

Sign in to view read count
It's safe to say that drummer Mike Clark is most commonly associated with funk. Since his days as a member of Herbie Hancock's legendary Headhunters, Clark has been considered one of the foremost trapsmen of the genre. But funk is only a small part of what this veteran artist is capable of, and Summertime may finally spell the end to this unfortunate pigeonholing.

As evidenced by his appearance last month at the Blue Note, Clark is every bit as comfortable playing straight-ahead jazz as he is mining the deepest of grooves. In fact, an examination of his on- stage persona would lead most to conclude that Clark approaches all musical endeavors, great and small, with the same force of swing. Summertime is no exception, as the drummer propels a formidable combo - including reedmen Chris Potter and Bob Sheppard, pianist Billy Childs, and Clark's long- time associate, trumpeter Jack Walrath - through nine airy tracks, covering a broad slice of the jazz canon. Among the standouts are Jeff Pittson's up-tempo opener, "Brujo," the charismatic Ellington rarity "Angelica," and Wayne Shorter's classic "Fee Fi Fo Fum," compelled in no small part by Sheppard's virile tenor licks. Also worthy of mention is Childs' often exceptional work at the keys. His solos on "Brujo" and "Prince of Darkness" are particularly captivating, and his thoughtful comps hit the mark throughout.

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.

So forget the funk for now and let the venerable Mike Clark engage you with his lesser-known jazz riffs.

Track Listing: Brujo; Fee Fi Fo Fum; Summertime; For Duke; U.T. ; Prince of Darkness; Angelica; Three Pawns; Dolores.

Personnel: Mike Clark- drums; Billy Childs- piano; Chris Potter- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone added on

Title: Summertime | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: JazzKey Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Interviews
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Wide Open Jazz and Beyond
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1

Blueprints of Jazz,...

Talking House Records
2010

buy
Blueprints of Jazz, Volume 1

Blueprints of Jazz,...

Talking House Records
2009

buy
Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1

Blueprints of Jazz,...

Talking House Records
2008

buy
Summertime

Summertime

JazzKey Music
2003

buy
 

Actual Proof

Platform Recordings
2002

buy
Conjunction

Conjunction

Bucky Ball Music
2001

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Aug26Mon
Wil Blades’ 40th Birthday Party With Donald...
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
$26.25
Oct5Sat
Jack Wilkins Trio
The Parlor Room
Northampton, MA

Related Articles

Read Down & Dirty Album Reviews
Down & Dirty
By Jack Bowers
July 21, 2019
Read Sublunary Minds Album Reviews
Sublunary Minds
By Troy Dostert
July 21, 2019
Read Peace Planet & Box of Light Album Reviews
Peace Planet & Box of Light
By Don Phipps
July 21, 2019
Read Hyperuranion Album Reviews
Hyperuranion
By Glenn Astarita
July 21, 2019
Read The Turning Album Reviews
The Turning
By Bruce Lindsay
July 20, 2019
Read Reveries and Revelations Album Reviews
Reveries and Revelations
By John Eyles
July 20, 2019
Read Live/Shapeshifter Album Reviews
Live/Shapeshifter
By Don Phipps
July 20, 2019