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Mark Alban Lotz: The Wroclaw Sessions

Read "The Wroclaw Sessions" reviewed by Don Phipps

Mark Alban Lotz has infused his album The Wroclaw Sessions with a collection of standards, classics and four originals (three of which he co-wrote) that explore a wide range of musical styles. Aided by bassist Grzegorz Piasecki and drummer Wojciech Buliński, Lotz easily makes transitions over a diverse musical terrain, which includes numbers such as Sam Rivers' “Euterpe" and Victor Young's “Song for Delilah" (from the soundtrack for the 1949 movie Samson and Delilah). Lotz's gift lies in ...

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Mark Alban Lotz: The Wroclaw Sessions

Read "The Wroclaw Sessions" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Mark Alban Lotz is bringing sexy back into jazz with his trio recording The Wroclaw Sessions. The German born / Dutch resident draws from not only jazz but folk and classical influences for these nine tracks, four of which are originals. It's sexy because the music conveys a certain charisma or musical pheromone fashioned to affect behavior as it is released into the aural airwaves. Opening with Sam Rivers “Euterpe" from the 1967 recording Contours (Blue Note), Lotz ...

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Lotz Of Music: Live At JazzCase

Read "Live At JazzCase" reviewed by Troy Dostert

With an upbringing that involved living in Thailand, Germany and Uganda, it was perhaps inevitable that flautist Mark Alban Lotz would take a global approach to his craft as a musician. His substantial recorded output (over a dozen releases to his name, to date) bears ample witness to his restless quest for new forms of expression, while always remaining at least tangentially rooted in the jazz tradition. On his latest release, a live recording from JazzCase in Dommelhof, Belgium, Lotz ...

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Mark Lotz and Alan Purves: Food Foragers

Read "Food Foragers" reviewed by Don Phipps

Somewhere there is a dense green forest. One can barely see through the foliage. Inside this forest is a meadow. There stands Mark Alban Lotz, surrounded by flutes of various sizes and shapes. Next to him is Alan Purves, encircled by an array of bizarre and ancient percussion instruments. Together, these two artists are creating odes to forests, jungles, and deserts, the subconscious mind, peaceful meditations, and odd and humorous tales--music that hearkens back to ancient rituals, dreams, and time ...

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Mark Alban Lotz: Solo Flutes

Read "Solo Flutes" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The eclectic, even eccentric musical tastes of German, Netherlands- based flute master Mark Alban Lotz may be attributed to his personal history. He grew up in Thailand, Germany, and Uganda, while studying jazz, contemporary music, and Indian bansuri flute playing in Amsterdam, New York, and jny: Los Angeles. This globe-trotting biography is reflected in his flute solo performances of contemporary composed music and associative improvisations, all recorded in one go with no overdubs or sound processing. ...

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Mark Alban & Islak Kopek: Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th

Read "Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Flautist Mark Alban Lotz played two concerts of improvised music with different bands of musicians in Istanbul in May 2010. Istanbul Improve Sessions, May 5th (LopLop Records, 2011) was the first to be released. The performance from the previous day, with Islak Köpek, now makes its appearance and finds Lotz playing in real time duo, trio and larger group settings. The music has been released as it was played except for some trims at the beginning and end of each, ...

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Mark Alban Lotz: Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th

Read "Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Dutch master flutist Mark Alban Lotz is a true musical nomad, seeming to have played with musicians from all over the world, and feeling free in any musical setting, whether it is solo performance, free or mainstream jazz, contemporary new music or African, Balkan, East-Asian or Indian traditions. Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th documents highlights of his meeting with some of Istanbul's great exponents from its vibrant improvising scene, many of them members of the musical collective and label re:konstruKt, ...

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Mark Alban Lotz: Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th

Read "Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th is an apt, if rather prosaic, title for this collection of improvisations, all of which were recorded in one day during 2010 in Istanbul. The leader and producer of the sessions is flautist Mark Alban Lotz, a German-born resident of Holland with over a dozen albums to his name. Lotz' collaborators all come from the Istanbul improvisation scene which, on the evidence of this album, seems to be full of invention, ability and humor.

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Take Five With Mark Alban Lotz

Read "Take Five With Mark Alban Lotz" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Mark Alban Lotz: Improviser and composer. Exponent of the new generation of truly European jazz musicians. Highly skilled and broadly informed heading for something new. Gained a lot international acclaim for his interpretations of Afro-Cuban religious folklore, quickly followed by his creations of: “Pygmee-Bop" and “Whisper Music." In his music Mark builds a bridge between jazz and contemporary music, often crossing boarders with other traditions.

Released 12 CDs as leader. Performed/recorded with top improvisers, jazz ...

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Mark Alban Lotz and Lotz of Music: Bite!

Read "Bite!" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Jazz has brought many innovative and original approaches to the world of music, but an entire album inspired by fish could well be a first. Flautist Mark Alban Lotz's Bite! offers 19 tracks of fresh, entertaining and uplifting music inspired not just by fish, but by “a dutch view on fish," a combined video and music project. Bite! is a joyous work. The quartet's musicianship is consistently excellent and conveys a clear feeling that the players had ...


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