Wolff & Clark Expedition
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Dizzy Gillespie famously said “One foot in the past and one in the future,” to which could be added--if you are talking about the music of Michael Wolff and Mike Clark--with feet firmly planted in the here and now.
Wolff and Clark are most definitely in the present--and when these two get together they naturally explore. The name recalls another notorious duo of similar name, the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Now while it could be argued that that endeavor retraced already tread regions--their trip merely revealed what lay ahead to a new crowd. The same cannot be claimed for Wolff and Clark, whose music, while steeped in the rich history of American music, simultaneously blazes a trail fresh with virgin soil and fertile with sounds I guarantee you have never heard before.
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A musician’s musician, Michael Wolff has earned his reputation as an original pianist and composer who creates his own harmonic world in his improvisations while never losing sight of the groove.
A true ambassador of rhythm, Mike Clark is known around the world for his diverse and innovative playing. He brings that spark to whatever genre-- blues, funk post bop--he encounters, ignites a fire, and fans the flames.
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Defying set boundaries of genre, together they bring a combination of swing and groove with a unique deconstructive take on classic jazz, popular standards, and original compositions that creates a freedom in the sound that electrifies their listeners and audiences wherever they play.