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, and drummerJoey Baron have created a joyful noise on the new, independently released Quint5T.On the opening “Mystery Song,” Baron switches between brushes and sticks to guide Copland’s supportive chords, a creative bowed middle solo by Gress, and the alternating solos, squawks, and interplay of Liebman and Brecker. The Charlie Parker-inspired “Off a Bird” is even more unpredictable, as the saxophonist and trumpeter defy convention by soloing simultaneously when they’re not harmonizing with one another. Parts of the free-form piece recall Liebman’s tenure in Miles Davis’ band during the first half of the 1970s. As does the sashaying “Child at Play,” on which Liebman’s soprano dances, Brecker’s trumpet punctuates, the rhythm section provides the perfect undercurrent, and Copland’s middle solo stands out.Other highlights include the bopping “Broken Time,” which gets a reprise further in, and the reverent ode “There’s a Mingus AmonkUs,” featuringstorytelling breaks by the horn players and Baron; a provocative, Thelonious-inspired solo by Copland; and Gress gluing the proceedings together à la Mingus. This quintet may consist of 60- and-70-something musicians, but it’s clear that no virus could push any of them into retirement.

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


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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