musician whose earliest recording appears to be Cal Tjader Plays the Contemporary Music
of Mexico and Brazil, recorded in 1962. In 1964, he recorded From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie
with Bobby Darin and played saxophone on Here and Now with Bob Florence, with whom he would collaborate
He was then an
erstwhile member of Ray Conniff’s orchestra
on 1965’s Friendly Persuasion: In the same year, he appeared on a mouthful
of a pair of albums, New
Horizons: Stan Kenton Conducts
The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra – The
Electric Premiere Performance:
January 4, 1965 and New
Horizons: Stan Kenton Conducts
The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra/Joel Kaye
Directs The New York Neophonic Orchestra and The Neophonic Jazz Orchestra.
In the early
to mid-‘60s, he also played baritone saxophone and clarinet for
Ann-Margret on tracks that would eventually appear on her album, 1961-1966. In 1966, he reunited with Bobby
Darin on his LP, In a Broadway Bag,
and was in the sax section of Bud
Shank & The Sax Section.
He recorded at least four albums in 1967: Clare Fischer’s Duality; Carmen McRae’s Portrait of Carmen; The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees; and, most famously, Lalo
Schifrin’s score of Mission: Impossible.
In 1968, he
recorded More Mission: Impossible, played bass sax on
Clare Fischer’s Thesaurus,
sax on Carmen McRae’s The Sound
of Silence, and was in the woodwind section on Michael Nesmith’s The Wichita Train Whistle Sings and
Nilsson’s Aerial Ballet. He played clarinet and saxophone on
a pair of Clare Fischer albums, Memento
and Waltz, and appeared with Milt
Jackson and the Ray Brown Band on Memphis
Jackson, all released in 1969.
In 1977, he
performed on violinist Noel Pointer’s Phantazia. Then he rejoined Lalo
Schifrin for the soundtrack of Nunzio and made a side trip to the Blue Virgin Isles with Ted Gardestad. In 1979, he collaborated once again
with Bob Florence on Jewels,
appeared on Frank Sinatra’s Trilogy,
and performed on the soundtrack of the George Hamilton Dracula spoof, Love at First Bite.
More film work
followed in 1982 on Tom Waits’ soundtrack of One from the Heart.
In 1983, he did another Tom Waits album, Swordfishtrombones, and
appeared on Michel Colombier’s Old Fool Back on Earth. He then helped out Jill Jones on her
eponymous album in 1987.
The CD era is
chock full of opportunities to hear John Lowe on a variety of reed
instruments: A good case in
point is Bob Florence’s 1992 CD, Soaring,
on which he played baritone sax, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and
E-flat clarinet. He also
multi-tasked on The Bob Florence
Limited Edition in Concert: Funupmanship and Bob Florence’s State of the Art, both released on
CD in 1993.
In 1994, he
appeared on the anthology, Jazz
‘round Midnight: Bossa Nova.
He also played saxophone on The Monkees’
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn &
Jones Ltd., re-released on CD in 1995. In 1996, he appeared on a pair of
compilations, The New Groove: The Blue Note Remix Project, Vol. 1
and Shaken Not Stirred, on which
he played alto flute, baritone sax, bass clarinet, bass flute, clarinet,
and flute. He appropriately
made the cut on The Monkees’ Anthology, unveiled on CD in
Other CDs on
which he appears include The
Christmas Album of David Foster, Pete
Jolly Trio and Friends, The Big
Latin Band of Henry Mancini, and The
Mel Torme Collection.