02/10 8:00 PM - $25.00
CLARK, STRYKER, AND GENUS
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While often referred to as the “Tony Williams of funk,” Mike Clark considers jazz his first love. He gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers.
Mike has performed with such well-known jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Vince Guaraldi, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Albert King, Larry Coryell, Mike Wolff, Wallace Roney, Billy Childs, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Potter, Bobby McFerrin, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., and Gil Evans and his Orchestra.
Born in Sacramento, CA, Mike traveled around the country with his father, a former drummer himself and a union man for the railroad. His dad had a great appreciation for jazz and blues music, and Mike absorbed the music of America while riding the rails. He credits this exposure as forming the foundation for his ability to synthesize many different regional styles. From age 4, he was a prodigy, sitting in–and getting “house” — with bands in Texas and New Orleans. And by the time he reached his early twenties he was known as one of the founders of the distinctive East Bay Sound coming out of Oakland, California.
During the late sixties, he led his own jazz organ trio, until he met Hancock in 1973. With Hancock, Mike set the rhythms for the acclaimed group, The Headhunters. Afterwards, he did a two-year stint with Brand X, the British jazz/rock fusion band founded by Phil Collins. With them he recorded ”Do They Hurt?” and “Product.”
By 2000 Mike made a foray into the popular jam band scene. His group Prescription Renewal pulled together cross-generational talents, such as Charlie Hunter, Fred Wesley, Skerik, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic, and featured special guests such as Donald Harrison, George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Les Claypool, Larry Goldings and fellow Headhunters alumni Bill Summers. He also toured with The Roots Funk All Stars.
Along with James Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield, Mike’s beats with The Headhunters (most notably “God Make Me Funky”) include some of the most sampled in hip hop. Featured in Downbeat, Musician, International.
Musician & Recording World, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Guitar Player, Jazz Is and numerous jazz history and method books, Mike is a popular and busy clinician. His book Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts was published in 2012 by Hal Leonard.
2015 is shaping up to be another musically exciting year. His second Wolff & Clark Expedition CD releases in February, and his hard bop band “Indigo Blue Live at the Iridium” arrives six months later, both on Random Act Records. Both CDs feature Christian McBride on bass, Donald Harrison on alto, Rob Dixon on tenor, Antonio Farao on Piano and Randy Brecker on trumpet.
As a bandleader, his release “Give The Drummer Some” earned a rare four and a half stars in Downbeat. “The Funk Stops Here,” a joint effort with Hancock alumni Paul Jackson got five stars, as did 2011’s “Carnival of Soul.” In 2001, his solo CD “Actual Proof” met with critical acclaim, as did the 2003 acoustic jazz release, “Summertime,” featuring Chris Potter and Billy Childs, which spent weeks in the top ten jazz charts. 2009’s “Blueprints of Jazz” was considered one of the top jazz releases of the last ten years by Downbeat magazine.
Recently Mike has been co-leading The Headhunters,’ with original founding member Bill Summers. 2012 saw a new Headhunters’ release, “Platinum.” which featured guest turns by Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, and Killah Priest.
Mike has produced three releases for the spoken word prophet Tony Adamo, indulging ”Miles of Blu” with Tower of Power Doc Krupka, bass legend Paul Jackson, Michael Wolff. Along with drum legend Lenny White (Return to Forever), Mike is co-leading Nu Brew, a double drummer experience in new music. He also appears on Tower of Power’s organist Chester Thompson’s new “Mixology.”
Mike endorses DW Drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Evans Drum heads, and Innovation Percussion drumsticks.
He lives in New York City. Recently, Mike’s been preparing to tour with the Wolff & Clark Expedition, in support of their latest eponymous CD.
For more information go to www.drummermikeclark.com
In baseball, “five-tool player” denotes excellence in every aspect of the game—running, throwing, fielding, hitting for average and power. It’s an interesting way to think about the prodigious skills of bass master James Genus, a one-time catcher who eschewed the “tools of ignorance” for music a year before leaving high school.
Consider the range of contexts that Genus is navigating during 2013. As electric bassist in the Saturday Night Live house band, his employer since 2000, he propels artists representing a 360-degree range of styles and genres. His pulsing grooves—interlocked with drummer Omar Hakim—animate dance-electronica hitmakers Daft Punk’s chart-topping CD Random Access. With Herbie Hancock, he references an encyclopedic lexicon of harmony and beats on both electric and upright to complement the leader’s anything-goes attitude. For much of this summer and fall he’s showcasing his resonant tone and unfailingly melodic basslines on a world tour with Bob James and David Sanborn behind this year’s Quartette Humaine, on which Genus performed with drum grandmaster Steve Gadd.
Between these high-profile appearances, Genus has navigated the polyrhythmic charts of drum master Clarence Penn, and nailed the beats in power trios led by guitarists Oz Noy and Wayne Krantz. On live performances of drummer Teri Lyne Carrington’s fluid deconstruction of the repertoire of Money Jungle, the iconic 1962 Duke Ellington-Charles Mingus-Max Roach encounter, he’s reimagined Mingus’ role, while on Carrington’s project Sing The Truth, with Dianne Reeves and Angelique Kidjo, Genus executed his instrument’s support function to perfection.
“When I came to New York, either you did straight-ahead or electric, and never the twain shall meet,” Genus says. “I was living in separate worlds—there were people in one who didn’t know that I played in the other. I just wanted to play music, which is how I grew up.”
Genus is referring to formative years in Hampton, Virginia, where his peer group included electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten and his older brothers, and saxophonists Sam Newsome and Steve Wilson. Born in 1966, he began on guitar at 6, and played it for five years before gravitating to electric bass, on which he gigged in a variety of bands as a teenager. He developed acoustic bass skills at Virginia Commonwealth University, and, after graduating in 1987, moved to New York City. Within a year, he was one of New York’s busiest freelancers, touring with Out of the Blue, Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Stanley Turrentine, Nat Adderley, and Jon Faddis, and doing gigs and/or recordings with such diverse artists as Hamiet Bluiett, Don Pullen, Greg Osby, James Williams, Geoff Keezer, Steve Wilson and Vincent Herring. As the ‘90s progressed, he worked extensively with the Brecker Brothers, toured with several Michael Brecker-led bands, and played extensively with Bob Berg, John McLaughlin, Michel Camilo, Uri Caine, and Bob James.
In 1994, Genus launched an enduring relationship with trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas, who would subsequently recruit Genus to play on nine of his recordings. Between 2000 and 2009, Genus presented his own compositions on several recordings with pianist Makoto Ozone’s collectively-oriented trio with Clarence Penn. Even while working steadily on Saturday Night Live over the last decade, he’s found time to play on Jeff “Tain” Watts’ important leader dates Bar Talk (2002) and Family (2011), and albums by—among others—James Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti, John Beasley, Eldar, and Rondi Charleston.
In 2008, Genus began to work steadily with Hancock, whose unending spontaneity in real-time performance requires him to access his entire complement of five-tool attributes. “Herbie handles himself with humility on and off the stage, never acting like he’s above you,” Genus remarks, a comment that might serve as self-description. “He can play anything. He constantly listens. He likes to take chances, and when he sees that you’re taking chances, he really starts to go for it. The way that he—and Roy Haynes when I played with him—continues to approach music youthfully is a lesson I always try to draw from.”
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 26 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”
Dave’s new CD “Messin’ with Mister T”, is a celebration of the man he worked with for over a decade-Stanley Turrentine -with ten of the greatest tenor sax players on the scene today. It went to #1 on JazzWeek Radio and stayed in the Top 50 for 20 weeks and has received great reviews including 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine, which picked it as one of the Top CD’s of the year, ran a feature article on Dave, and recently voted him into the 2015 the DB Critics and Readers Poll for the 8th time.
Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. After establishing himself in the local music scene, he joined organist Jack McDuff’s group for two years 1984-85. He worked with Stanley Turrentine from 1986 -2000 and has recorded as a sideman on over 100 CD’s.
Dave is the Adjunct Professor of Jazz guitar at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He is passing along his experience by teaching at The Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, The Litchfield Jazz Camp, and the Jazzhouse Kids Workshop in Montclair NJ. His book Dave Stryker’s Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method (Mel Bay Publishing) is available on his website at www.davestryker.com