Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage (RopeADope/digital outlets)

 |   |  <1 min read

Niten-Ichi
Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage (RopeADope/digital outlets)

Expat New Zealand pianist/composer Mark de Clive-Lowe here explores his Japanese/European heritage in music which peels off from the hip-hop-influenced jazz he made his name with in New Zealand.

On Heritage, while still using contemporary electronics, sits at the keyboard with his group – recorded live in the Blue Whale club in Los Angles and in a North Hollywood studio – for pieces which bridge smooth jazz, the contemporary avant-garde and some exploratory playing which sounds like it has jumped from the Fifties into modernity (of the latter, the solo piano piece Akatombo).

There is thoughtful, but strong, elegance in some of these seven pieces (Memories of Nanzenji with weightless electronic keyboard, the ballad Mizugaki with astringent sax and angular percussion) but also some heft (Niten-Ichi).

Co-credit here goes to the musician who get this sometimes unpredictable and technically demanding music away: altoist Josh Johnson (who has played with Leon Bridges, Esperanza Spalding and many others), saxophonist Teodross Avery (Talib Kweli), bassist Brandon Eugene Owens (Robert Glasper) and drummer Brandon Combs (Moses Sumney)

Those new to de Clive-Lowe's wide-ranging style might find the sonic effects on the opener The Offering – which do seem extraneous – somewhat off-putting and Akatombo a bit slight, but the best here is recommended.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

JOHN COLTRANE AND MILES DAVIS: Genius at work and playing, 1955-61

JOHN COLTRANE AND MILES DAVIS: Genius at work and playing, 1955-61

For two people about to write themselves into music history, their credentials were not promising. Only a few years previously, the trumpeter was so hooked on heroin that he was almost... > Read more

Reuben Bradley: Resonator (Rattle Jazz)

Reuben Bradley: Resonator (Rattle Jazz)

This new album on the immaculately presented and recorded Rattle Jazz imprint proves again there is a depth of New Zealand jazz talent to be encouraged and taken to a wider audience.... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE INTERVIEWED (2012): All in the family

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE INTERVIEWED (2012): All in the family

Tycho Cohran – aka LT – was always destined to do something in music, as were his seven brothers. The sons of jazz pioneer Phil Cohran, a Sun Ra Arkestra player and founding member of... > Read more

Dayward Penny: Come Back Baby (1968)

Dayward Penny: Come Back Baby (1968)

Someone very astute once observed that every musical style that ever existed is being played somewhere, even now. Certainly the most arcane folk music from the backroads of... > Read more