Bill Milkowski

And I Love Her


Pianist Marc Copland has an uncanny way of inhabiting a tune, working his way through it from the inside out while exploring new harmonic possibilities along the way. And in bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron, he’s got two kindred spirits to join him on his quest. Their uncommonly sensitive, conversational approach is steeped in the tradition of Bill Evans’ classic trio, though Copland’s collective (which previously served as the rhythm section for John Abercrombie’s last two albums) pushes the envelope even further here.

Their ethereal take on “Afro Blue” might be the most strikingly impressionistic of the set. Opening with a free-flowing dialogue between Baron and Gress, it only begins to allude to the familiar melody at the two-minute mark, shortly after Copland enters the picture. Baron’s simmering 6/8 feel sets an understated, swinging tone as Copland’s penchant for reharmonization kicks in. This organic, in-the-moment approach also informs versions of “Cantaloupe Island,” as well as “And I Love Her,” both imbued with mysterioso reharmonization. Baron throws down a chugging groove on the free-form “Mitzi & Jonny,” then showcases his brushwork on a harmonically tweaked rendition of Cole Porter’s “You Do Something To Me” to close out the album in classy, slightly subversive fashion.

Nov 15 2020

JOHN – new release Marc Copland solo piano

CLICK HERE TO BUY CD Over his long career, pianist Marc Copland has become known as a unique stylist, a harmonic innovator, and a gifted improviser with a unique sense of touch. Much of his recorded output over the decades has been in duos, trios, and quartets. Yet from his ...
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Oct 14 2020


One possible sunny jazz underside to the COVID-19 pandemic could be enhanced artistic control, in an era where self-produced recordings were already becoming prevalent. Taking advantage of a lengthy enforced break from touring, the all-star quintet of veteran saxophonist David Liebman, trumpeter Randy Brecker, pianist Marc Copland, bassist Drew Gress, ...
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Sep 29 2020


This quintet isn’t one that requires one to introduce the musicians; the names that make up this band speak for themselves. An all-star aggregation, these five have at least two centuries of experience between them. The risk with this type of group is that big egos grasping for the spotlight ...
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Sep 18 2020

QUINT5T – New Release September 18th 2020 – Liebman/Brecker/Copland feat. Drew Gress and Joey Baron

“How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?” ---Satchel Paige The five members of this all-star group need no introduction. There are two unusual things to note here: one, they don't play like your average all-star band. Here is a cohesive unit that wants to ...
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Feb 9 2020

And I Love Her

Aufgeräumt wirkt sein Spiel einesteils, zugleich ist er gut für eine bestechende lyrische Qualität. Am Ende, in der Zugabe, spielt der US-amerikanische Pianist Marc Copland mit seinem Trio eine ziemlich melodieverliebte Version der Beatles-Nummer „And I Love Her“; das ist auch die Titelnummer des neuen Albums. In seiner melancholischen Leichtigkeit ...
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Feb 8 2020

And I Love Her – Marc Copland Trio

Der Mann, der da im Birdland am Bösendorfer-Flügel sitzt, ist in höchstem Maße konzentriert. Wie angespannt er ist, kann man an seiner Haltung und an seinem Gesichtsausdruck ablesen. Alle im nahezu ausverkauften Saal halten den Atem an, kein Räuspern, kein Stühlerücken ist zu hören. Denn wenn Marc Copland auftritt, ist alles ...
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