Mike Clark – Mike Drop (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 53:36 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Sometimes there are musicians who seem to be fated to collaborate. They can come from different places and, even different generations, but their connection will be immediate and deep. This is the type of relationship that has developed between legendary drummer Mike Clark and stellar saxophonist Michael Zilber. Their friendship and musical cohesiveness can be felt immediately upon hearing their new recording, Mike Drop.
Originally from Northern California, Mike Clark has been one of the most celebrated drummers of his generation. Having made a name through his tenure with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Clark left his home base in the Bay Area in 1979 to pursue opportunities in New York City and beyond. It proved to be the best move of his life, as this allowed him to play with his heroes, the true New York City cats.
Michael Zilber grew up in Vancouver, Canada but always felt deeply connected to New York City, coming from three generations of New Yorkers, including his parents, who met and fell in love in Manhattan. Zilber pursued his musical path in Boston before settling in the Big Apple for almost a decade. In 1992, a teaching opportunity shifted the saxophonist’s attention to California, where he relocated and has been a fixture in the Bay Area jazz scene ever since.
New York City has a natural pull for jazz players and so it was for Zilber, who continued to visit the City regularly, playing gigs and sessions, immersed in that fierce and focused environment. It was during one of these trips that he was introduced to Clark by their mutual friend, Michael Barsimanto. Their appreciation for each other’s skill sets was immediate, as Zilber’s New York City hard driving style fit well with Clark’s impeccably swinging and focused drum approach. Their sessions were also conversational and fun, not to mention a good hang.
1. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Barshay Fly
2. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Sonny Monk
3. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Passion Dance
4. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – You Know I Care
5. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Blackbird
6. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Norwegian Wood
7. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Miyako
8. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Monk’s Dream
9. Mike Clark & Michael Zilber – Falling In Love