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Marc Copland: Better by Far (InnerVoice)

Pianist Marc Copland is the most ECM-friendly musician without a record under his own name on that label. Via his frequent and longstanding engagement with ECM headliners like John Abercrombie and Gary Peacock, and through his prolific recordings on the German Pirouet label, Copland has consistently displayed the harmonic elegance and crystalline intonation that compels … Read More “Marc Copland: Better by Far (InnerVoice)”

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Marc Copland/John Abercrombie : Speak to Me

The arrival of this superb collection of duets from pianist Marc Copland and guitarist John Abercrombie isn’t exactly surprising, given the unmistakable compatibility they’ve demonstrated in other settings. But that doesn’t make the CD’s nine performances any less welcome or compelling. Though the tunes are a mix of original pieces (three composed by each of … Read More “Marc Copland/John Abercrombie : Speak to Me”

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Marc Copland: Crosstalk

“Talkin’ Blues” opens pianist Marc Copland’s latest album with a bit of deception. It’s not a blues, at least not one with a discernable familiar structure. What’s more intriguing, drummer Victor Lewis doesn’t play time throughout the seven-minute piece; instead, his well-placed rolls and cymbal crashes add color and motivate Copland and saxophonist Greg Osby … Read More “Marc Copland: Crosstalk”

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