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Marc Copland: Zenith and Haunted Heart

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Zenith InnerVoice Jazz 2016 There's some shared, ongoing history here. Between drummer Joey Baron and bassist Drew Gress, pianist Marc Copland has logged some pretty decent music time. Add trumpeter Ralph Alessi and there's a new element, one not found in the rhythm section's work with guitarist John Abercrombie or in the trio where Copland and Baron find themselves with bassist Gary Peacock. And Copland has also worked with the drummer and bassist in his own ...

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Jazz Quanta March — Five Pianos: Marc Copland, Bill Stewart, Julian Shore, Bob Wijnen, Pablo Held

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Okay, Okay...OKAY! Bill Stewart is not a pianist, but his long-time collaborator Bill Carrothers is, so, LAY OFF! Marc Copland Zenith Inner Voice Jazz 2015 Pianist Marc Copland composes with a certain use of darkness, an updated musical version of Caravaggio's use of chiaroscuro in painting. Copland is aided in his alchemic light-shifting by his regular bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey baron. Joining the trio is trumpeter Ralph Alessi, ...

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Marc Copland: Zenith

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Whenever pianist Marc Copland is a sideman on a session, much less leading the session, there are very high expectations for the music. Whether it is the lustrous sound he gets from the keyboard, which includes his pedalling, the dense harmonies which create shimmering harmonics or the intelligence of his lines and compositions, Copland has a unique voice and musical personality. Zenith meets and exceeds any expectations one might have; it is a joy to listen from many ...

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Marc Copland: Zenith

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After releasing a series of excellent but under-recognized CDs on various small record labels--starting in the mid-1980s-- pianist Marc Copland rose in prominence in 2006 when he took up residence on Germany's Pirouet Records. The highlight of his Pirouet days was a set of trio discs wrapped in a marketing package dubbed “The New York Trio Recordings." Modinha (2006); Voices (2007); and Night Whispers (2008), with a shifting set of band mates: Gary Peacock or Drew Gress on bass, Paul ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi/Marc Copland: More Essentials

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More Essentials is just that, a continuation, after much touring, of the partnership between bassist Daniel Schlaeppi and pianist Marc Copland. The extremely high standards set by its predecessor, Essentials are more than met by this second release. The structure of this release is the same as before: tunes, some more, some less well known (including one original by Copland) are connected by “Essentials," which are short improvisations, mostly by Schlaeppi, with one duo effort. These are numbered ...

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Marc Copland in Love

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Pianist Marc Copland has previously released popular and well-received trio recordings in series, most recently New York Trio Recordings Vol. 1: Modinha (Pirouet, 2006), New York Trio Recordings Vol. 2: Voices (Pirouet, 2008) and New York Trio Recordings Vol. 3: Night Whispers (Pirouet, 2009). But he has an ensemble association with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Jochen Rueckert that has produced another impressive trio of recordings since the new millennium, if creative assembly is allowed for. The ...

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Marc Copland: Some More Love Songs

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Pianist Marc Copland--who, oddly, began his jazz career as a saxophonist--took an artistic leap forward with his three New York Trio recordings on Pirouet Records. Employing a rotating crew of bassists with Gary Peacock, Drew Gress, and drummers Paul Motian and Bill Stewart, the pianist rose to a higher profile via his nearly unsurpassed musical excellence. The pianist interpreted standards (and some not-so-standards), along with his own top-flight original compositions, in conjunction with an astute marketing choice of releasing, over ...

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Marc Copland: Some More Love Songs

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Seven years and a handful of albums under his own name separate pianist Marc Copland's Some Love Songs (Pirouet, 2005) and this winning sequel session. Copland reconvened the same trio from the original date--with ever-busy bassist Drew Gress and on-the-rise drummer Jochen Rueckert--and followed a similar programming formula, opening with a Joni Mitchell tune, closing with a Victor Young classic, giving a nod to Richard Rodgers along the way and hitting a trio of other songs that fit the thematic ...


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