The long awaited and eagerly anticipated new album by Mark de Clive-Lowe, called Renegades, is out now. Renegades features percussion by Sheila E, bass by Pino Palladino, strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and vocalists such as Nia Andrews, Tawiah, Sandra Nkale, Omar, and my personal favorite Bembe Segue.
New music is on the way from Atjazz and it features a collaboration with Mark de Clive-Lowe. Here’s the official description:
This is sweaty rainforest tech-jazz-house for the heads, & deeper than Lake Baikal. “Sweat No Sleep”, a collaboration between ‘Atjazz’ and New Zealand’s best export ‘Mark de Clive-Lowe’.
This track has already created more than a stir on the dance scene with many trend setting DJ’s worldwide spinning it every set!. Atjazz’s warming textures and dripping afro tinged beats together with Mark’s amazing keyboard skills and flare sweeps you away into true deep house music.
The “Broken Soul Dub” on the other hand drops this track into another pocket perfect for the more broken DJ sets. Mark de Clive-Lowe drops new Beats over his ‘Jazz Rub’ which once again takes the song in a totally different direction and delivers an overall live and open sound.
Atjazz also pops out 2 new versions, the Deeper drop for all the head nodders and chin strokers & an all new broken spaced out dub for those who just wanna dance and get carried away. An amazing selection of remixes on an already delicious peice of work.
Mark de Clive-Lowe and Lady Alma pay tribute to Michael Jackson with their version of “I Can’t Help It.”
Below, Mark de Clive-Lowe discusses his relationship with Jazz, connects the music of Ellington and Coltrane to that of IG Culture and J Dilla, and connects the sounds of the big band to those of the MPC.
On his relationship to Jazz:
“I think I was first attracted to Jazz for the groove (especially in comparison to classical piano music which I’d been learning), and the freedom that it offered in improvisation. At each stage of my musical development, what, how and why I played was a reflection of where I was at in my life at that point in time. Now I feel a lot more settled, knowing how I want music to sound and how to make it sound like that while being conscious of keeping my own creativity evolving.”
On the meaning of Jazz to him:
“It’s more what it does not mean to me. Jazz to me is not about the vernacular or musical language that makes say, Bebop sound like Bebop. It’s about the concept and wider creative approach embodied by musicians like Ellington, Miles, Trane, Monk, Herbie and many others right through to the likes of J Dilla, IG Culture and Q-Tip.”
On Big Bands:
“I started off in a big band – in fact before the first big band gigs I did, I’d played big band in junior high school. I’m not sure I really knew what I was doing though! I’m doing some big band show in January 2009 in Holland, fusing the MPC and synths with a Jazz big band. That’s going to be dope.”