Marc Copland / John Abercrombie / Kenny Wheeler: Lights Out
Brand New (Challenge Jazz CR7012)
Composed by Marc Copland.
Recorded: Tiburg, The Netherlands October 9-10, 2004
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
It is a rare treat when three musical minds find common ground and are able to create a soundscape that defies categorization. Pianist Marc Copland has done just that with the beautifully rendered melding of the fine and sensitive textural work of guitarist John Abercrombie and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. These three artists magically weave an eerily compelling movement of wonderfully vivid aural tones that transport the listener into another place. The deliciously sparse melody is never lost while these three magicians dance through their own individual interpretations of Copland's composition. Abercrombie's trademark probing guitar lines lead the listener wistfully along until we enter Copland's world of shimmering piano virtuosity that is familiar in its form but somehow unlike any other. Wheeler's hauntingly muted trumpet delivers just the right amount of tension counterpointed brilliantly by Copland's relentlessly somnolent chording. All the while Abercrombie teases out deftly underplayed guitar comps that fit perfectly. This is pure aural magic.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello