Philadelphia born Marc Copland returns with his twenty-third album, Another Place, when upon repeated listenings, you will be in another place.
Using the same line-up as his Second Look album from 1996, pianist Copland, guitarist John Abercrombie, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Billy Hart show why on this new album, this line-up gels and is so successful.
"River Bend", an Abercrombie composition, has a definite swing to it. It starts out with a melancholy folk feel to it, then hits into its swing. This works perfectly for Abercrombie.
An interpretation of Cole Porter’s "Everything I Love" shows why drummer Billy Hart is an in demand drummer. His rhythm here is fantastic, there are spots where you feel he could go beyond what the others are playing but Hart does not. He is the nerve center on this and many tracks throughout the album.
Bassist Gress makes a composition appearance with his "Dark Horse." The song is a subtle piece which allows Copland to shine. There are some comparisons of Copland to Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett and he does sound like those in places but he is standing out on his own.
Starting his career as alto saxophonist and playing with Chico Hamilton in the 1970s, Marc Copland may have made the best career move by switching to piano.
Another Place and its seven songs come in at a total of sixty minutes - that’s close to nine minutes per song but none of the songs feel long or stretched out which is what great musicianship can do.