Mike Clark

Mike Clark (musician)

Mike Clark (October 3, 1946) is a jazz and funk drummer who is most noted for playing in the Headhunters band headed up by Herbie Hancock in the mid-1970s. Clark's performance on Hancock's album Thrust, and particularly the song "Actual Proof," is often cited as one of the finest examples of the linear funk style of drumming. He was also a member of the UK jazz-fusion outfit Brand X, alternating behind the kit with Phil Collins between 1978-80. Clark has also performed with many top musicians from the worlds of jazz and funk, including Chet Baker, Vince Guaraldi, Fred Wesley, Les Claypool, and Charlie Hunter. Clark is also known as one of the most sampled drummers in contemporary music. His beats have appeared on records by Prince, NWA, De La Soul, and Janet Jackson, among others.

Selected discography

Year Artist Title Label
1974 Herbie Hancock Thrust Columbia
1974 Herbie Hancock Death Wish (Soundtrack) Columbia
1975 Herbie Hancock Flood Columbia
1975 The Headhunters Survival of the Fittest Arista
1976 Herbie Hancock Man-Child Columbia
1979 Brand X Product Virgin
1980 Brand X Do They Hurt? Virgin
1995 Mike Clark Master Drummers: Volume Three Ubiquity
2000 Mike Clark Actual Proof PGI
2001 Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Marc Wagnon Conjunction Buckyball
2004 The Mackrosoft 1st Mack to the Moon Mackrosoft Records
2004 The Mackrosoft Life Imitates Clouds Mackrosoft Records


  • Biography at All About Jazz link

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