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Mike Jurkovic

And I Love Her

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 the theme with fine sculptor’s hands—reinventing, re-harmonizing—and the alluring crosscurrents of And I Love Her entrancingly emerge.

And what would you expect different from the alumni of the late, path-breaking guitarist John Abercrombie who made it his legend to take the most ancient and familiar and make it sound like he was inventing it right there on the spot? Wherever you dropped the needle or hit play throughout the last fifty or so years, there was Abercrombie and company making things new again.

So “Afro Blue” floats at 6/8 and Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” works out from inward as it canters and cha-chas, reaching heights of trio dialogue only a select few have. Bill Evans comes to mind first. But then you refocus on the music and the abstract illuminations and whispery ruminations of Copland’s “Might Have Been” lure you in again, only to lose all sense of time and place with a first-time recording of Abercrombie’s intimate “Love Letter,” Copland’s sturdy yet vulnerable “Day and Night,” and a sliding, lucid take on the title track, the venerable pop of Lennon/McCartney’s “And I Love Her.” Exquisite listening to be sure, for those times you need to tune out the world, tune into yourself and breathe anew.

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

QUINT5T

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

Quint5t

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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