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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.

Apr 21 2023

Someday – Space, elegance and heartiness are all at the forefront

The stupendous sound of American pianist Marc Copland is only matched by his immense creativity and originality. For this quartet session, recorded for his own label, the pianist teams up with bassist Drew Gress, a longtime partner in many musical voyages, and two new additions: Belgian-American saxophonist Robin Verheyen and ...
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Mar 23 2023

SE QUALCUNO VI CHIEDE CHE COSA SIA IL JAZZ, RISPONDETE PURE: «SOMEDAY» DI MARC COPLAND QUARTET!

Si potrebbe dire che Marc Copland sia un artista dalla doppia vita. Partito come sassofonista con ottime collaborazioni in qualità di sideman, tra cui Chico Hamilton, Cameron Brown e Jeff Williams e John Abercrombie. Insoddisfatto dei limiti armonici del suo strumento, a metà degli ’70 anni, il giovane Copland lascia ...
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Feb 27 2023

“One of today’s great pianists….Fresh, powerful, sensitive: this is without doubt one of the best quartet recordings in recent memory.”

Marc Copland, at 74 years old, has nothing more to prove. He’s played with the greatest, recorded superb discs and is recognized as one of today’s great pianists. He can play music free of any constraints, and choose his preferred partners. His old friend Drew Gress is on bass here, ...
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Feb 9 2023

“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 ...
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Dec 9 2022

Music is magic in this group’s hands, and Marc Copland is the master magician – AllaboutJazz

Marc Copland is a former saxophonist who found his instrument artistically confining for the purposes of expressing his vision. So he called on his childhood piano training (synaptic memories intact) to make the switch to the keyboard. The results have been magic. His artistry with the 88s is second only ...
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Dec 1 2022

Interview The New York City Jazz Record

Marc Copland has been creating vital music for more than 40 years and the pianist is arguably at the very top of his game. He is most well known for his long associations with bassist Gary Peacock and guitarist John Abercrombie, issuing several game-changing albums on ECM. Copland is a ...
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