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Softly (Savoy CY18076)

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Musicians:

Marc Copland (piano), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Gary Peacock (bass),

Bill Stewart (drums)

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Composed by Marc Copland

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Recorded: New York, September 1997

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Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

On Beyond the Missouri Sky, Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden made famous a style of music that could be called Americana jazz. Here the master of impressionistic piano, Marc Copland, takes his turn with a folk-tinged ballad. With the help of a heartwarming melody and the soulful playing of Michael Brecker, Copland creates his own brand of Americana jazz.

Copland's ability to play with a floating touch in a beautifully sensitive but prodding way serves him well in accompanying the inimitable Brecker. Peacock's full-bodied, buttery bass is always nimbly dancing around the melody, and while Stewart's incessant use of crash cymbals is a bit disconcerting for me, the overall effect makes you long to settle down comfortably in front of a roaring fire somewhere in Vermont. Brecker wraps his solo in the warm flannel blanket of a sound that is both bittersweet and hopeful, and plays like he is yearning for a return to his favorite hideaway and all the warmth and comfort that implies. Copland never strays far from this pretty melody, but still finds a quixotic way to add harmonic interest. This is an excellent representation of Americana-inspired jazz.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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