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Live At The Blue Whale

by Mark de Clive-Lowe

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Rob O. Received my vinyl copy yesterday and it sounds so sweet! Feels like the band is in the room. Mark's playing on the grand piano on Evergreen is chilling. Josh Johnson on sax and flute is amazing. Just 4 tracks on this EP packs a powerful punch. The electronics are a delight. Will be playing this one a lot.
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Twistedsoul If you're a fan of his work just buy it without regreds. Favorite track: Swahililand (For Ahmad Jamal).
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jennie sadler If we're ever forced by circumstance to live isolated lives underground, this album stands as the perfect reminder of what could happen when people got together on the surface. Favorite track: Evergreen.
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Slugworth Chocolate The textures and buttery melodies that throw back to familiar soul and r&b while still keeping it jazzy and tasty with articulate electronic textures. It's the good stuff, plane and simple. Favorite track: Evergreen.
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Mark de Clive-Lowe delivers an outstanding 4 track EP recorded live at Los Angeles’ Blue Whale jazz club. The EP finds MdCL revisiting the grand piano, putting his first instrument front and center with his technological world of keyboards and electronics. It’s his signature amalgamation of acoustic sound sparring with new technology, joined by a world-class crew: Josh Johnson (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson/Wayne Shorter) on sax and flute, Brandon Eugene Owens (Robert Glasper/Terrace Martin) on bass and Gene Coye (Thundercat/Flying Lotus) on drums.

The instrumental EP opens with an original composition, ‘Evergreen’. Solo piano sets the mood as the composition evolves into a head-nodding, beat- driven journey of improvisational conversation. As the music progresses, we hear MdCL programming beats and electronics live and on the spot – manipulating and sampling his own piano, keyboards and Johnson’s sax – creating a musical palimpsest inspired by hip hop’s sampling aesthetic. Only here, the samples are all organic - performed, captured and manipulated completely on the fly.

The following tracks pay homage to three of MdCL’s heroes – Yusef Lateef firstly on the loping ‘L+H’ – inspired by Yusef’s ‘Love + Humor’ with Owens and Coye underpinning the groove while MdCL and Johnson play and become live samples themselves. Sun Ra gets honored on the EP’s centrepiece – an 11 minute exploration of his composition ‘The Golden Lady’ – once again, MdCL’s piano is the central focus here, leading the way through a mystically evocative soundscape that reimagines the great master. Johnson switches to flute here bringing his playfulness and musical guile to the mix with the piece culminating in an intoxicating blend of beats, live samples and acoustic band. We close out with an interlude of Ahmad Jamal’s ‘Swahililand’ – most famously sampled for De La Soul’s ‘Stakes is High’ by iconic producer J Dilla.

It’s a real treat to hear MdCL and band in full-flight live show mode with none of the safety nets of studio production. Live at the Blue Whale hints at what’s more to come from a truly individual musician.


released February 17, 2017

Mark de Clive-Lowe - piano/keys/live electronics
Josh Johnson - alto sax/flute
Brandon Eugene Owens - bass
Gene Coye - drums

Recorded live at The Blue Whale, Los Angeles March 18, 2016


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Mark de Clive-Lowe Los Angeles, California

"(the) avant-garde soulful Pianist/DJ/Producer delivers his lifetime of journeys to different musical ports in a concise package, seamlessly... transporting not just in genre but in emotion and spirit." - HuffingtonPost

"as natural as breathing" - All About Jazz.
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