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Marc Copland: John

Read "John" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Marc Copland crossed paths with guitarist John Abercrombie in the early '70s, playing in drummer Chico Hamilton's group. Copland was, at the time, a saxophonist. The collaboration there began a fifty year friendship and multiple Abercrombie/Copland collaborations . Abercrombie passed away in 2017. John is Copland's eulogy for him, solo piano renditions of a set of his friend and mentor's compositions In 2018 Copland also released a tribute to another late partner in music, bassist Gary Peacock, ...

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Marc Copland: John

Read "John" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist Marc Copland met guitarist John Abercrombie when he first went to New York as an alto saxophonist, playing with him in Chico Hamilton's quartet in 1971. Copland returned to New York as a pianist in the early 1980s, and first recorded with Abercrombie on the album That's For Sure (Challenge, 2001), followed by several others. He was Abercrombie's pianist for his final quartet albums, 39 Steps (ECM, 2013) and Up And Coming (ECM, 2017), and toured with him for ...

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Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Perhaps you glance quickly at the song titles on the back cover and haphazardly say to yourself or your phone or your new imaginary friend “What?!"Afro-Blue" again?" and just as haphazardly put the disc down and move on to Billie Eilish. But, if you take a moment-you'll-never-get-back to pause and listen, you'll hear drummer Joey Baron and bassist Drew Gress parachute from the upper ether, already in mid-conversation, laying out a vapor trail framework for Marc Copland's piano to voice ...

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Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In any discussion concerning the best of the modern piano trios in jazz, Marc Copland's name has to come up. Pianist Copland--who, oddly, began his jazz career as a saxophonist--shuffles trio mates often, having employed bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian, and drummer Jochen Rueckert, and drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Drew Gress, in a sort of musical-chairs approach unlike that of other current top-shelf piano trio guys such as Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch, who both employ steadier ...

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Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the final entry in Copland's New York Trio triptych of piano trio recordings, Night Whispers (Pirouet). Times have changed, and while releases under ...

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New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix

Read "New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix" reviewed by Bob Osborne

An eclectic mix of recent releases covering a wide variety of styles and influences. Playlist Sarathy Korwar “Mumbay (feat. MC Mawali)" from More Arriving (Leaf) 00:00 Chris Lomheim, Michael O'Brien, Jay Epstein “Blue Talisman" from Triage (Shifting Paradigm) 06:00 Marc Copland “Gary" from Gary (Illusions Music) 14:00 Mark Dresser Seven “Black Arthur's Bounce (In Memory of Arthur Blythe)" from Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup and You (Clean Feed) 20:30 Scheen Jazzorkester & Thomas Johansson “As We ...

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Marc Copland: Gary

Read "Gary" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Marc Copland is the perfect interpreter of the music of bassist Gary Peacock. The artists' musical relationship began over three decades ago, and continues to this day. Peacock, best known perhaps for his long tenure in pianist Keith Jarrett's “Standards Trio," has played on numerous Copland recordings, including At Night (Sunnyside, 1992), Softly (Savoy Jazz, 1997), two out of the three of Copland's profile-boosting “New York Trio Recordings" on Pirouet Records, Modina ( 2006) and Voices (2007), and when ...


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