was a hardbop piano master who appeared on a slew of classic late-1950s and early-1960s jazz recordings. Though Clark has garnered a cult following over the years, especially on the heels of saxophonist John Zorn's late-1980s tribute to him
, his name is not often found in histories of jazz piano. Music critic Robert Palmer wrote of the particular special aura that hovers around Mr. Clark's music, an aura that musicians recognize but that critics have found difficult to define."
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