Reinhard Köchl / Jazz Thing Germany
“A dream musical partnership, and as always with Marc Copland: exciting!” Jazz Thing
Next stop for the restless adventurer Marc Copland: after his interlude with violinist Mark Feldman, the pianist is back with saxophonists, with whom he has a soulmate-like connection–because that was his original instrument. The first was the Frenchman Jean-Charles Richard (L’etoffe des Reves, La Buisonne) and now it’s the Belgian Robin Verheyen. At the same time, Someday is a return to the beloved quartet format in which he feels comfortable–which has nothing to do with a comfort zone. Because Copland always takes risks, even with seemingly harmless standards like Miles’ signature themes “Someday My Prince Will Come” or “Nardis” or Monk’s “Let’s Cool One,” from the branched out. Not to mention the originals—the band doesn’t play it safe with them, either. Verheyen seems a logical choice for Copland as a partner, because he sounds like a further development of young Copland—a dream musical partnership, which is evident in the sometimes brilliant, sometimes meditative interplay between the two. His longtime buddy Drew Gress (bass) and drummer Mark Ferber support the pianist in his quasi-dialogue with Veheyen, his alter ego. And as always with Marc Copland: it’s exciting!