Talented pianist, composer and live remixer Mark de Clive-Lowe has been a legend within the music scene, creating phenomenal projects in his time. His newest album Heritage is probably his most personal one yet as it takes a deep dive into his own heritage. He focuses more heavily on his Japanese ancestry, as he shares new compositions inspired by childhood folk stories, the mythology of his motherland and his own personal experiences in Japan, all wrapped up in his unique blend of jazz and sample culture influences. It’s an album definitely worth listening to, replaying and supporting!
The slow, ethereal and key-heavy vibe on tracks like “Memories of Nanzenji” and “Asa no Yume” bring such profound and spiritual energy to the album. The heavier, more dynamic and rhythmic records have a soulful quality and energy to them as well. “Bushidō 1” is an example of this, with dynamic drumming and keys that are wrapped around a warm bassline that keeps the groove going. “Niten-Ichi” is one of my favourite tracks with its dynamic drumming and an aggressive saxophone- lead melody that really is explosive in every single way. Mark is really able to craft an authentic, beautiful album that highlights the extent of his talents. And of course I need to shoutout and recognise the collaborators on this project. Josh Johnson on alto sax and flute, Teodross Avery on tenor sax, Brandon Eugene Owens on bass, Carlos Niño on additional percussion and Brandon Combs on drums. Each member brings their own style and personality in what is a truly amazing album.
Listen to Mark de Clive-Lowe’s excellent new album Heritage below via Bandcamp. Released via Ropeadope.