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Dave Cantor | DOWNBEAT

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, contemplative melodies among the guitarist’s songbook to reflect the relationship they cultivated for John.

With choices from dozens of albums, Copland selects songs that he’d previously recorded with his coconspirator—who died in 2017 at age 72—and some that he didn’t. “Vertigo”—the closer, which first appeared on Abercrombie’s album 39 Steps—is dashed with a bit of dissonance, aurally replicating its namesake affliction while also hinting at the dizzying feeling Copland must have experienced after losing his friend. Most of the album, though, is given over to tunes like “Sad Song”—which easily lives up to its name and was plucked from the guitarist’s 2009 album, Wait Till You See Her. Tucked away among some of the more solemn offerings here is “Flip Side”—originally “Flipside” on the Abercrombie quartet’s final outing, 2017’s Up And Coming—a sprightly dance that could be seen as examining various aspects of the musical personalities Abercrombie and Copland displayed during decades-long careers.

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

John: 4 ½ STARS

“A GENIUS….so alluring….completely lacking in pretense.” Pianist Marc Copland crossed paths with guitarist John Abercrombie in the early '70s, playing in drummer Chico Hamilton's group. Copland was, at the time, a saxophonist. The collaboration there began a fifty year friendship and multiple Abercrombie/Copland collaborations . Abercrombie passed away in 2017. John is Copland's eulogy for ...
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