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Aliceʼs Wonderland

Marc Copland & Daniel Schläppi Aliceʼs Wonderland (Catwalk/Harmonia Mundi) Kategorie: modern In der mittlerweile dritten Auflage des Duos mit dem Schweizer Bassisten Daniel Schläppi klingt Copland voller und nicht mehr so kristallin, scheint weniger Doppelgriffe als sonst zu verwenden. Die beiden mögen sich hörbar, verwenden Standards wie „Blue In Green“ oder Scott LaFaros „Jade Visions“ und umspielen sich permanent dabei….

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And I Love Her

Marc Copland And I Love Her (Illusions Mirage/NRW) Kategorie: modern Dass sich Marc Copland und seine kongenialen Partner Drew Gress und Joey Baron einige Gassenhauer der anspruchsvollen Popmusik zu Gemüte führen, überrascht nur auf den ersten Blick. Denn die Art, wie der 71-jährige Ausnahmepianist Hancocks „Cantaloupe Island“, das Jüngere nur mehr in der US3-Version („Cantaloop“) kennen, oder die Beatles-Miniatur „And…

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And I Love Her

Un trio superlatif que celui du pianiste Marc Copland : au milieu de leurs propres compositions, dont une extraordinaire impro collective, “Mitzi&Johnny”, ils glissent quelques standards fameux, de l’“Afro Blue” inaugural, suivi du “Cantaloupe Island” d’Herbie Hancock, à “And I love her” des Beatles jusqu’au Cole Porter final “You do something to me”. Cet album saisissant nous entraîne de climats…

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And I Love Her

In a recording studio somewhere, the drummer drops into a groove: a ghost of a backbeat; a shuffling, even quavered, funky vibe, punctuated by propulsive kicks. Joey Baron has got their attention. Drew Gress adds pushy little bass figures and they’re cooking. Marc Copland’s listening. I imagine him with eyes closed and head tilting back before draping a few chords over the now pulsing bass….

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And I Love Her

∗∗∗∗½ There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the final entry in Copland’s New York Trio triptych of piano…

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And I Love Her

Any trio of Marc Copland’s is going to be an entity comprised of not simply a pianist, but of a magical rhythm section which devotes itself to constantly surprising forms of musical alchemy. It fully exploits harmony and textures, always looking for all the hidden possibilities of a composition. Displaying an unusually high level of listening, the three musicians here…

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And I Love Her

Illusions Mirage/ NRW Vertrieb IM4004 (67 Min., 8/2017) Glückwunsch! Die Menge der Klaviertrios ist nahezu unüberschaubar geworden, und doch gibt es immer wieder Überraschungen, indem Musiker mit Klischees und Konventionen brechen und sich in individuelle Klangwelten begeben. Müssen diese neu sein, das Genre umkrempeln, Einflüsse von Musiken außerhalb des Jazz und seiner Traditionslinien integrieren? Eigentlich nicht. Es reicht völlig aus,…

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Zenith, Marc Copland (innerVoice Jazz)

Marc Copland knocked me out when he appeared at the Outpost last year in John Abercrombie’s quartet. He was so keyed into what the moment needed from him, and he delivered it with passion, humor, touch, and a killer rhythmic instinct. So I jumped on the opportunity to review his new release, Zenith (on his new label, innerVoice Jazz) when it appeared in…

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Pianist/Composer Marc Copland Reaches New Heights With Zenith

The definition of zenith is “the highest point reached in the sky by any celestial object.” Over the years I have always enjoyed Mr. Copland’s work. I identify deeply with his musical sensibilities. The pianist has consistently tried to reach his own personal musical zenith, whether it be as a leader or as a much sought after sideman. With his…

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Bobby Avey – Inhuman Wilderness album review: fearless, exhilarating, multilayered

New York pianist Bobby Avey is a musician on several missions. As an improviser, he is fearless, prepared to face the unknown (and even sometimes the downright ugly) in search of his own sound. As a composer, he creates dramatic, multilayered tunes which twist and turn rhythmically, inspired by Haitian Vodou drumming. And as a leader now on his fifth solo release,…

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