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Marc Copland: Another Place

Marc Copland is a spellbinder. His previous two albums on the German Pirouet label were the first two volumes of a projected trilogy, New York Trio Recordings, with Gary Peacock on bass and either Bill Stewart or Paul Motian on drums. Those two volumes were a single, self-contained moodscape. But now, before the trilogy is completed, comes Another Place, and it is just that.

It has a different texture because of John Abercrombie, Drew Gress and Billy Hart. They support Copland’s luminous lyricism but give it an edge. Abercrombie’s presence makes Copland’s music denser because his guitar and Copland’s piano introduce most themes in loose, twisting unisons. They share a treble tonal range, but Copland chimes while Abercrombie stings.

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