Here’s an exclusive preview stream from the exciting new collaboration between Michael Wolff (Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Cal Tjader) and Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Larry Coryell).
“Hummin,’” from the 1976 album of the same name by Cannonball’s brother Nat Adderley, is part of a 10-track project called Wolff and Clark Expedition, due on February 19, 2013 from Random Act Records. Bassist Chip Jackson also joins in, as Wolff and Clark tear through an impressively diverse set of covers and originals, giving each of them a feel they’ve described as groove-heavy jazz/funk.
The album opens with their interpretation of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” but also includes Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father.” They take on “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” from Cannonball, but also “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays. Originals include Wolff’s “ARP,” as well as “Elise,” an homage to the pianist’s late mother.
[ONE TRACK MIND: Michael Wolff takes us inside dates with Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Hunter, Warren Zevon, Joe Zawinul and his own group Impure Thoughts.]
Wolff, who also held a memorable stint as the musical director on the late-1980s/early-1990s “Arsenio Hall Show,” was part of Cannonball Adderley final recording project. Clark, meanwhile, came to fame on Hancock’s Thrust project, and later worked on his legendary Survival of the Fittest.
The two have been working together, off and on, since the 1970s — but only recently put an official name to the project.