November 8th, 2014

Palm Grease

Palm Grease is the lead track from Herbie Hancock's album "Thrust" and opens just with Mike Clark playing the groove. It's in some sense wonderfully simple with sixteenths on the Hi-Hat and a simple back beat, but the displaced and sparse second bar creates a nice bit of tension. Also included is the B section groove which is tricky because of the 2/4 bar or 2 beat fill the band play, transcribed is one iteration of it. One minor point is to remember to play the A section sixteenths with one hand on the Hi-Hat not hand to hand.

Mike Clark, Palm Grease.

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Filed Under : Grooves | Mike Clark
February 13th, 2011

Actual Proof

The first time I heard this track I was completely blown away, in fact still I'm blown away every time I listen to the album Thrust! Headhunters was a great record, but Thrust is something else, and probably ranks among Herbie Hancock's best. Everything from the compositions to the playing is brilliant, and the groove is unbelievable. Actual Proof is probably the stand out track and legend has it they only had one chance to get it down the way the band wanted to play it. Mike Clark's brilliant and ever creative quasi-linear groove is really worth spending the time getting together. This transcription is of the opening 16 bars and Clark seems to use the first bar as a motif and then vary the second one more, but once you get the basics down, try and use this to develop some of your own ideas. If you want the chart for the tune, it's apparently in the "New Real Book Vol.3". I'll post some more stuff from the album in due course...!

Mike Clark, Actual Proof.

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