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Mark Clive de Lowe explores his Japanese roots

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“Heritage is the idea of transmitting from the past to the future,” says Mark Clive de Lowe of his inspiration for his new album, the appropriately titled Heritage. “It’s about identity and one’s place in the world.” 

Out on February 8 through Southbound on Ropeadope/Mashibeats, Heritage is the 18th album from the Los Angeles based pianist and electronics wizard and is a deeply personal of his Japanese ancestry and cultural roots.

The LP was recorded live over three days at LA’s Blue Whale jazz club, as well as one day in a North Hollywood studios. de Clive-Lowe deliberately edited the material in a way to blur the line between the live and studio recordings.

“The way I incorporate technology is always live – capturing and manipulating moments as they happen in real time – so this record was never about post-production, how you hear it on the album is how it happens live on stage.”

The songs reflect his own experiences in Japan and include an arrangement of the traditional Japanese folk song ‘Akatombo’.

Supporting de Clive-Lowe on Heritage is joined by a host of world class musicians including Josh Johnson (Leon Bridges/Esperanza Spalding), Teodross Avery (Talib Kweli/Mos Def) and Brandon Eugene Owens (Terrace Martin/Robert Glasper.

“These are not only my favorite musicians, but my friends, and that they were all able to be part of this project really means a lot to me,” he says. “They’re all such incredible musicians, and no one brings any ego to the table – that’s one key thing that makes it possible to explore this music with a real sense of vulnerability and honesty.”

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