The shape of jazz is too calm. Scott Clark is a time-keeper, pattern-maker, dance leader, historian, organizer and disruptor. From college stadium drum lines, to the quietest listening rooms, and all the avant-garde dive bars and crowded rock clubs in between, he takes his own spirited and idiosyncratic path. Born in El Paso, Texas, Clark currently keeps the faith in Richmond, Virginia, in a slew of groups, duos, and solo performances around that remarkable, close-knit musical town. His voice rises clear and distinct, an intuitive and visionary presence, perfectly calm and perfectly wild. For the greater part of 2015, Clark has toured with Natalie Prass, keeping step with her effortless musicality and sense of adventure, through the European festival circuit and well-known venues like Radio City Music Hall. In this rock and roll context, his contributions are immediate and elevating. Matthew E. White described his skill as, “a unique combination of imagination, courage, technical mastery, and rhythmic sensibility to another set of strikeable instruments.” The ScottClark4tet debut on Clean Feed Records, Bury My Heart, is a significant compositional achievement, a heartfelt suite of protest music addressing one of the darkest periods of America’s history filtered through study of his own native ancestry. Jazz music made for living, jazz music made from life. Clark runs the game with deep rhythm, keen melodic intuition, and a welcoming smile.
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“He has this really interesting way of swinging…it sometimes morphs into rock-ish straight eighths or fractures into free improv freakouts. But it always feels totally in control; I sense that his ride cymbal will never let you down. It feels personal to him, and I like that.”
– NPR, a blog Supreme