Review: Mark de Clive-Lowe's legacy reaches right back to the early 90s, when he was involved in a variety of groups in his native New Zealand. Having covered a lot of ground since then, including working with Theo Parrish, he's now dropping this stunning live session recorded in his current home of Los Angeles with a band that includes Ammoncontact's Carlos Nino on percussion. From tender lulls to stormy peaks, this is a broad tapestry of contemporary jazz rooted in the thrill and energy of performance. Mark de Clive-Lowe is rightly considered a master in his field, and this is the perfect example of his craft.
Review: Although Kiwi keys-man Mark de Clive-Lowe is currently a producer and session musician in demand, he still somehow finds time to pursue a solo career. Earlier in the year he delivered the contemporary jazz/jazz-funk classic in waiting "Heritage", and here we're treated to its sequel (or, more accurately given the short gap between sets, companion album). It's another belter, with highlights including the outer-space jazz/live drum and bass fusion of "Bushido II", the string-laden dreaminess of "Ryugu-Jo", the atmospheric Jap-Jazz epic "Shitenno" and the slick downtempo jazz-funk warmth of "Mirai No Rekishi".