Mark de Clive-Lowe is paying it forward on the A side of Midnight Snacks Vol 2.
What’s shaping up to be one of the best new artist series on the eclectic, electric side of jazz features dedications to two giants: Phil Asher and Chick Corea. After tapping into the zeitgeist of a wounded world on Midnight Snacks Volume 1, Volume 2 leads off with the sonorous “Crush Velvet,” dedicated to “Phlash.” Asher and de Clive-Lowe were frequent collaborators — I think it’s pretty hard to disentangle the broken-beat records they made from one another given how closely they worked together in those London days — and this is a rolling tribute evoking that wide-open exploration of their early days.
“Sorceress” is an electronic tribute to Corea, a vibrant cover of the Return to Forever track. MdCL is listed as playing and programming every note on this himself; pretty incredible when you realize the original “Sorceress” featured not just Chick Corea but jazz giants Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Al DiMeola.
On the B-side, de Clive-Lowe does lo-fi sample-heavy downtempo, but hi-fi and without any samples I could identify on the beautiful “Float into ETHer,” a title if not a track likely inspired by his recent NFT adventures. The stand out track from Midnight Snacks Vol 1, “Joyful Resistance,” continues here on “Joyful Resistance Part II,” the most (relatively) straight-forward jazz track here.
Mark de Clive-Lowe: Midnight Snacks Vol 2 (Mashibeats / September 2021 / 12″ Vinyl / Digital)
1. Mark de Clive-Lowe: Crush Velvet (for Phlash) (05:05)
2. Mark de Clive-Lowe: Sorceress (for Chick) (04:11)
3. Mark de Clive-Lowe: Float Into ETHer (04:20)
4. Mark de Clive-Lowe: Joyful Resistance Part II (04:32)
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