John: Piano Solo
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Marc Copland’s long and close relationship with John Abercrombie gives him a unique insight into the body of compositional work that John penned over his long career. This new album is a deeply felt homage by the pianist in which he displays his wide scope of rich harmonic technique and crystalline sound.
Working with producer Philippe Ghielmetti and associate producer Stephane Oskeritzian, selections for this recording were made that run the gamut, from Timeless, the title track of Abercrombie's first ECM album, to Sunday School and Flip Side from his last ECM album.
In between there are pieces from a variety of projects in his catalog. Remember Hymn, dedicated to the memory of percussionist Colin Walcott, was recorded with Michael Brecker and guitar synthesizers; Avenue and Isla were written for John's duo with acoustic guitarist and composer Ralph Towner; Sad Song was played by John's quartet with violinist Mark Feldman; and Vertigo appeared on “39 Steps,” the debut album of the guitarist's last quartet.
JOHN is not only an excellent portrait of the guitarist’s compositional style but with Copland falling prey to the moment, as he often does, showing up as a unique stylist, a harmonic innovator, and a gifted improviser with a unique sense of touch.