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John: Is that a sensible thing to do? Yes!

New………….to reveal the beauties, so numerous and diverse, of John Abercrombie’s compositions when one is a pianist:   Is that a sensible thing to do?  Yes, it’s a really good idea.  Especially if the pianist is a longtime companion of the late guitarist, and no small wonder, he puts his whole heart into it.

In 2003, Marc Copland invited John Abercrombie to “Marc Copland And….” (Hatology).  In 2011, they recorded in duo, on “Speak to Me” (Pirouet). Copland also left his delicate imprint on two opuses on ECM, with the guitarist’s last quartet, “39 Steps” and “Up and Coming.”  The pianist has included three of those themes–Flip Side, Sunday School, and Vertigo—for this solo piano homage, recorded by that magician of sound,  Gerard de Haro.  Copland, who is aware of the richness of the discography of this native of Port Chester, NY,   looks first at “Timeless,” whose theme he adapts with the necessary reverence and invention; and later he turns his gaze on the no less sublime “Getting There,”  re-interpreting Remember Hymn, which surges with an emotion capable of taking one’s breath away,  of bringing tears to one’s eyes–what a great and beautiful challenge to interpret as a soliloquy this memorable piece, which was rendered originally by the saxophone of Michael Brecker and the guitar-synthesizer arrangements of Abercombie.  Another beautiful idea:  to re-interpret two themes recorded by Abercrombie in duo with Ralph Towner, including Isla (“Five Years Later,” ECM, 1982),  another high point of this disk.  If by any chance you have not yet seen Arno Oehri and Oliver Primus’ outstanding documentary devoted to John Abercrombie, Open Land, do not wait, take advantage of the second confinement to follow in the footsteps of this poet of the six strings, whose legacy is magnified by a pianist possessing a gift, of moving us with albums that are always different and surprising. We would be remiss if we did not also mention the producer of this aptly titled  “John,” Philippe Ghielmetti.

Apr 4 2022

May: QUINT5T Live on Tour

Dave Liebman, sax Randy Brecker, trumpet Marc Copland, piano Drew Gress, bass Joey Baron, drums 14.05.2022  LIEGE/Belgium Le Trocadero Theatre of Liège 15.05.2022  AMSTERDAM/Netherlands Bimhuis 16.05.2022  BADEN/Switzerland Kulak Jazz@ Druckerei BT Hochhaus 18.05.2022  HAMBURG/Germany Elbphilharmonie Kleiner Saal 19.05.2022  BERLIN/Germany Kesselhaus -Kulturbrauerei Berlin 20.05.2022 DORTMUND/Germany Domicil 21.05.2022  GENT/Belgium De Bijloke Muziekcentrum ...
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Apr 4 2022

April: Marc Copland Quartet LIVE on Tour

Quartet Marc Copland - piano Mark Feldman - violin Jonas Burgwinkel - drums Felix Henkelhausen - bass 20.4. Paris/France Sunset Sunside Jazz Club 21.4. Eupen/Belgium Alter Schlachthof 22.4. Neuburg/Donau Birdland Jazz Club 23.4. Eschen/Liechtenstein Weinstube   Duo Marc Copland - piano Mark Feldman - violin 26.4. Straßburg/France Csc Fosse Des ...
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Nov 13 2021

Back to the Road: MARC COPLAND Gigs 2021

MARC COPLAND TRIO, November 2021 Jonas Burgwinkel, drums, Drew Gress** or Phil Donkin*, bass Nov 14---Jazzforum Bayreuth (19.30) * Nov 18---Fabrik, Frankfurt (19.30) ** Nov 21---Klaeng Festival, Koln (approximately 20.30) ** Nov 25---A Trane, Berlin * Nov 27---Radio France, Blvd Pres Kennedy, Paris, France (approximately 20.40) * USA-Gigs Dec 1---Bar ...
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Mar 1 2021

Pianista di arte sopraffina – Intervista a Marc Copland

A 72 anni, quando potrebbe anche essere lecito aspettarsi un certo rallentamento creativo, Marc Copland pianista di arte sopraffina, ha dato una robusta sferzata alla sua carriera grazie a un album in solo dedicato al suo compianto amico John Abercrombie (e non mancate l'omaggio precedente a Gary Peacock, altro gigante ...
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Jan 28 2021

John – Piano Solo

Eine Farbfotografie des Gitarristen John Abercrombie ziert den Innenteil des Digipacks von „John“, dem Soloalbum des Pianisten Marc Copland, der – bescheiden zurücktretend – mit einem von scharfen Kontrasten geprägten, fast dämonisch anmutenden Schwarz-Weiß-Foto abgebildet ist. Jahrelang spielten sie zusammen, immer wieder, von 1971 als Mitglieder des Chico Hamilton Quartet ...
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Jan 26 2021

Downbeat: JOHN (Marc Copland)

Pianist Marc Copland—who played saxophone during the early ’70s alongside guitarist John Abercrombie in a fusion act simply called Friends—summons a solo tribute album aimed at his late friend. Copland and Abercrombie gigged and recorded together in a variety of settings during the subsequent decades, and the pianist finds alluring, ...
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