Marc Copland: Night Whispers
Marc Copland (piano)
New York Trio Recordings, Vol. 3: Night Whispers (Pirouet PIT3037)
Recorded: Englewood, NJ, June 2008
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Night Whispers is the third album in pianist Marc Copland's impressive "New York Trio Recordings" series. Each album has featured a different trio lineup. The title cut is based upon a simple 4-chord theme that Copland, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Bill Stewart orbit around. Copland introduces the melody and proceeds to take it through its paces. His improvisation builds on the original motif. He is a very expressive player who possesses a quiet power. I am not suggesting that he is relaxed or laying back. It is quite the contrary, really. His chops sneak up on you. You don't realize he is building strength because his touch is not heavy. Think of riding a bike really fast in 10th gear. By the time you are in that gear and going that fast you don't have to pedal so hard anymore. As Copland explores, he is supported by Stewart's steady brushwork and the ever-present bass of Drew Gress, who also offers a notable solo. "Night Whispers" proves that three really talented musicians can take 4 notes and play off them in 10,000 different ways.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky