I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.
MARC COPLAND, "New York Trio Recordings Vol. 3, Night Whispers"
(Pirouet) 3.5 stars — The CD's title reference to night is apt. Darkness
and murky melody rule much of this latest collection from
Philadelphia-born pianist Copland, yet the recording is not without
its brilliant moments.
Perhaps they are like far off lightning strikes on an otherwise dark
and drizzly nocturne. Or maybe a flash of car headlights in a blind
alley. Moody though it is, the compositions on the disk avoid being
too heavy-handed. The music is tormented, but it is gentle.
Copland's piano, responsive bass by Drew Gress and a tingly drumming
style from Bill Stewart produce this strangely intriguing mix of much
darkness and sparing light. Though the jazzy touch of the trio cannot
be denied, classical music fans also may appreciate this recording.
Fans of French composer Claude Debussy in particular may want to tune
in. (Eric Slagle)
This review originally appeared in The Daily News on Feb. 5, 2009