This is Chapter 18 in an ongoing series of conversations, quotes, commentary, and updates with drumming legend Mike Clark. Mike’s keen observations provide numerous insights into ‘all things music’. I ask Mike to just tell it like it is…This includes the good, the bad, and everything else in between:
I can’t help but notice when asked to do articles etc. - they focus on the four or so years that I played with Herbie Hancock many years ago…Then leave out the other 45 years of playing jazz, and making jazz records like it didn’t happen, I’m like WTF…Really, we’re going to talk about that? I barely remember it.
When clubs don’t return your calls and emails for years and you can’t get your records played on what’s left of radio… I think the universe is telling me something!!
Man, I had beyond a blast playing with the Great Eddie Henderson…There were some fantastic drummers in who I really dig, Billy Drummond, Sylvia Cuenca, Steve Johns, and the all time master - my hero Billy Hart. You know all those folks can hear the entire picture and then some. How great is that? Such great artists all in one place and one town. Billy Harper was there as well…Damn, I Love New York !
We hit a good groove in this one... Eddie is Baaad!!!
John Jabo Starks .. I’ve been listening to him
Since Jr. High... Turn on Your Love Lights, Stormy Monday Blues, Don’t Cry No More, I Didn’t Want No Woman, Sex Machine, Talking Loud and Sayin’ Nothin’, Payback, Poppa Don’t Take No Mess, Excapism, Make it Funky, Soul Power all of them hits and many more.
RIP Roy Burns – Great drummer, instructor, and had a great sense of humor…Plus, he played his ass off !