Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage II (Rope-a-Dope/Southbound)

 |   |  1 min read

The Silk Road
Mark de Clive-Lowe: Heritage II (Rope-a-Dope/Southbound)
In some respects the first volume of this musical journey by expat Kiwi keyboard player/electronica artist Mark de Clive-Lowe sets up this superior edition which is more focused on the Japanese half of his background.

Much of the source material (musical or literary) is Japanese and the evocative opener sets a mood of reflection and a contemporary-sounding voyage back to misty origins.

It's an exploratory mood picked up later in the terrific, understated Ryugu-Jo (which is like dreamy, nightclub jazz lifted from the pages of an ancient text) and the more provocative Shitenno which seems to use a traditional melody as a stepping off point into some gentle bop.

As before de Clive-Lowe carries the same excellent band recorded live in an LA club last year with the mainman playing piano, various keyboards and programed beats and basslines alongside the sextet of name players.

As before also, because he is a child of his hip-hop generation, de Clive-Lowe brings that aspect of his musical personality into play, notably on the samurai-inspired Bushido II where the lengthy and lowkey intro sets the stage for a stylised bebop/drum'n'bass battle of increasing emotional intensity and musical busyness.

loweThere is much more to this interesting, immersive album and while some may resist the reliance on some simple folk melodies in places, the real oil is in when they are discreetly left behind and some very classy new-fusion takes place.

Recommended. 

You can check this album out on Spotify here.

But both these volumes in clever companion-album covers are available on vinyl and that might be a more tasteful way to go.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

The Neil Cowley Trio: Displaced (HideInside/Southbound)

The Neil Cowley Trio: Displaced (HideInside/Southbound)

Frankly, British jazz usually doesn't ring my bell. There have been a few artists (Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, Jazz Warriors etc) in the past couple of decades who have made an impact, but... > Read more

Bley, Swallow, Sheppard: Life Goes On (ECM, digital outlets)

Bley, Swallow, Sheppard: Life Goes On (ECM, digital outlets)

Now in her Eighties, the great composer/pianist/organist Carla Bley remains productive as a recording artist and here completes a trilogy of albums with her longtime trio of bassist/partner Steve... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

SPINAL TAP, NIGEL TUFNEL INTERVIEWED (1992): The wind cries Spinal

SPINAL TAP, NIGEL TUFNEL INTERVIEWED (1992): The wind cries Spinal

Rock history is littered with legendary bands, some more legendary than others. Some of these legends will live for ever, others even longer. But there is one rock hand which stands above all... > Read more

Rarotonga: A moment in the frame

Rarotonga: A moment in the frame

Every now and again -- if we are really lucky -- we realise we are in that postcard perfect world we have lingered over in the pages of glossy magazines, but images which we persuade ourselves only... > Read more