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Clark, Mike / Blueprints Of Jazz: Vol. 1
Album:Blueprints Of Jazz: Vol. 1 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Clark, Mike Added:Dec 2008
Label:Talking House Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-01-18 Pull Date:2009-03-22 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Mar 22Mar 8Feb 15Feb 8Feb 1Jan 25

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 21, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
Clark Kent
4.Jan 20, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
10th Ave. 1957
2.Jan 31, 2014:No Cover, No Minimum
Like That
5.Jul 15, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Like That
3.Apr 13, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
Conchita's Dance
6.Mar 20, 2009:Emphysema For Emphasis
Conchita's Dance

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-01-17 
MIKE CLARK: Blueprints of Jazz, Vol. 1
Talking House, 2008

This new series shines the spotlight on underappreciated older players who deserve wider exposure. Drummer Mike Clark is best known for his 1970s fusion work (Herbie Hancock/Headhunters), but here proves to be an excellent postbop player, leading a first-rate band. Great stuff.

All tracks solid. Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 7, 8 … maybe 6, 10

1. 6:01 – driving, but with an airy feel: very hip solos, just slightly angular.
2. 6:35 – exotic, catchy postbop groove: great ensemble sound & cool solos
3. 6:43 – slouching, 1950s noir/crime-jazz feel: boozy trumpet, hustling sax
4. 7:03 – Eastern-tinged melody, intriguing solos, drums are just all over it
5. 4:45 – swinging tune over a rock-solid marching beat; active bass solo
6. 7:47 – loose, funky theme: groovy bass & drums, touches of New Orleans
7. 9:08 – midtempo modern: elusive, searching, solos stretch like tendrils
8. 7:54 – thoughtful tune in 5/4 suggests Coltrane; very fine round of solos
9. 7:05 – uptempo urban sneak, very fine drums & tasty walking bass
10. 10:32 – soulful sax ballad, Donald Harrison really shines

[ Fo ] 17-Jan-09

Track Listing
1.In The House 6.Loft Funk
2.Like That 7.Clark Kent
3.10th Ave. 1957 8.Conchita's Dance
4.Past Lives 9.Morning Became Electra
5.Thanks Len 10.I Want To Talk About You