in cooperation with ILLUSIONS, France


"An album that is indispensable in revealing a rare musical connection, as well as the crucial role of a producer" (Vincent Cotro, Jazz Magazine)


"A piano that sounds like no other" (Pierre de Chocqueuse, Blog de Choc)


"To get right to the point, simply magnificent" (Xavier Prevost, Les DNJ)


"An event" (Alex Dutilh, France Musique)



Solo concert in Boston (Cambridge) Sat., Dec 15, 7.30 pm, at the New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. A Boston CD release gig for the new disc "Gary," on Illusions records… a program of Gary Peacock tunes. Also music from "Nightfall" on InnerVoice Jazz.


Tickets $20   Students $15 

Spending the hour or so with Marc Copland on Nightfall is l like a slow dance with genius read more...

JazzdaGama, February 1st, 2018 by Raul da Gama

NIGHTFALL ***** Jazz'n' More (Switzerland), issue nr 1/2018

November 18, 2017

Le Devoir, Montreal

by Serge Truffaut

Marc Copland, le pianiste des profondeurs


Friday, October 06, 2017


by Dan McClenaghan

Marc Copland: Nightfall


LondonJazz News

Interview: Marc Copland (NIGHTFALL- UK solo piano album launch at Pizza Express Dean St. 29 October)




Better By Far




Marc Copland (p)

Ralph Alessi (tr)

Drew Gress (b)

Joey Baron (dr)





1. Day and Night

2. Better By Far

3. MR DJ

4. Gone Now

5. Twister

6. Room Enough for Stars

7. Evidence

8. Dark Passage

9. Who Said Swing?





“4 ½ Stars…..magical writing, improvisation, atmosphere---totally cativating….Copland owns a glowing piano sound and one of the most richly lyrical compositional sensibilities around…..a melody more indelible than the deepest kiss. Blending clarity with warmth, the beautiful studio sound adds to the allure.” --Down Beat magazine, July 2017


“With Better By Far Marc Copland and Company continue to create the highest level of jazz.”, April 2017


“A unique and compelling piano voice, combining depth with accessibility, harmonic subtlety with affecting lyricism. Add further layers deposited by Copland’s heavyweight group, all with minds open and ears on stalks, and you have as fine an example of mainstream acoustic jazz as you’ll hear this year.” ---Irish Times, April 2017


“Transparency, freedom, and groove—that might summarize the music on Better By Far...virtuosity and feeling might best describe the playing…Copland’s rich and shifting chordal ground opens up huge spaces for the quartet to explore, and Copland is smart enough to give these guys the freedom to wander...The rhythmic interplay is no less impressive. Copland and his quartet continue to lay claim to the upper regions of today’s jazz.”, May 2017


“Prolific pianist Marc Copland has brought his hard-swinging quartet back into the recording studio for an album of original music that features the group in top form. It is such a pleasure to hear Copland lock into a straight-ahead swing groove with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron, both masters of the form..Alessi’s brooding angularity works well with Copland’s assertive comping. The pair also display a tight connection in unison melody statements, as with Copland’s ballad Room Enough for Stars….persistent listening, tasteful interpretation, and challenging improvised interaction.” --Jazz Scene, May 2017


Inhuman Wilderness


Bobby Avey (p)

John O'Gallagher (as)

Thomson Kneeland (b)

Jordan Perlson (dr)






1. Countless Voices Of Unknown People  4:53

2. Fall Not A Tear                                           8:06

3. Inhuman Wilderness                                3:44

4. Structural Adjustment                              2:19

5. Land Theft                                                  1:42

6. I Should Have Known No Less               9:57

7. Rent The Sky                                             5:25

8. Composure Must Be Rare                       9:38




For a young musician, Bobby Avey has quickly establishing himself as an emerging voice in the creative music scene. The Guardian describes him as, “a player and musical thinker with an intriguing future,” who The New Yorker asserts “[Avey is] a young pianist of invention and refinement.” In 2011, he won the Thelonious Monk Competition for Composition,
following the release of his first album, A New Face , which the New York Times called “A promising debut.”
Inhuman Wilderness , the fifth recording from the esteemed pianist, promises to be a major artistic statement. The release is a multihued
tapestry that eloquently portrays the tragedy of man's inhumanity to his fellow man and to nature. Releasing June 24th, 2016, the album will be Innervoice Jazz ’s second release after pianist Marc Copland’s Zenith .
Once again, Avey’s has enlisted longtime bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Jordan Perlson to support the underlying framework of his unusual concepts. The trio have almost a decade of playing under their belts. Indeed proclaimed the three, “a strong, intuitive trio.” The fourth voice joining the quartet for Inhuman Wilderness is alto saxophonist John O’Gallagher . Avey met O’Gallagher in 2014 when the two played a gig together in NYC, and it was in that moment Avey knew he had found the final component to complete a new quartet. Avey says “John was simply the best fit for the repertoire. He internalized the music quickly and brought it to life.”

Avey's harmonic palette on this record is decidedly 21stcentury, with rhythmic influences including elements of Balkan folk music and Haitian Vodou drumming. Avey elaborates on his unique range of influences, stating, "Distinct Vodou traditions have been preserved in specific communities for centuries. Many ceremonies have lots of singing and dancing, and the ensembles have a unique vocabularies; there's a lot to draw from."
Each song addresses a different societal ill. For example, “ Rent the Sky ” is about the US drone campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan. “Countless Voices of Unknown People ” is a variation on a point Howard Zinn made throughout his life. The "moments" that enter into the history books have their roots in the actions of many brave
people whose names do not enter the canon. Moments happen as a result of movements.
“ Inhuman Wilderness ,” “ Structural Adjustment ,” and “ Land Theft ” were written as a suite lamenting the tragic state of the human species. “ I Should Have Known No Less ” is a line from Antony and Cleopatra. “When I read,” says Avey, “I often jot down phrases that connect with me. That was one of them. It is a combination of many musical ideas I
had been carrying around at the time.” Avey admits “ Composure Must Be Rare ” was “the most difficult song I've ever written. I continually shaped it with my trio over the last 6 years until we were finally ready to document it. It was commissioned by my late friend and pianist Eric Doney and was originally a piece for string quartet and piano.”
Since the release of his acclaimed fourth album, Authority Melts From Me , Avey has kept busy. A musician who counts saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Sam Sadigursky , and composer/bandleader Darcy James Argue among his frequent employers, for the past three years, he has also notably been the pianist in Expansions , the newest group
from the legendary tenorman and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman . Liebman, who can spot talent when he sees it, has mentored Avey since he was a teenager. He says of Avey, “Of course I'm biased about Bobby, but he's already got an individual voice, with a very advanced approach to harmony and rhythm.”



Marc Copland

Solo Piano









1. Jade Visions

2. Nightfall

3. String Thing

4. Song for a Friend

5. LST

6. Vignette

7. Another Ralph's

8. Greenstreet




Marc Copland (p)

Ralph Alessi (tr)

Drew Gress (b)

Joey Baron (dr)






1. Sun at the Zenith                        8:26

2. Mystery Song                              9:16

3. Air we've never breathed         14:00

    I The Bass Knows

    II Up And Over

    III Lips

4. Waterfalls                                     7:54

5. Best Bet                                        9:10

6. Hurricane                                    10:39




Marc Copland's quartet further develops his longstanding relationships with Gress and Baron. There's lots of connectivity here: the three are the rhythm section of John Abercrombie's quartet, and Copland and Baron fill out legendary bassist Gary Peacock's trio. With the addition of Ralph Alessi, Copland now has a quartet that is well suited to go wherever the music takes them--as is made readily apparent in the improvised suite “Air We've Never Breathed.” The album also contains four Copland compositions, and the overlooked “Mystery Song” by Duke Ellington, which is given a reading, which simultaneously honors the past while acknowledging the present.


These four masters have nothing to prove; they are all continuing to explore, and the level of their work gets higher every year. But not only are their individual skills remarkable; their level of emotional commitment is extremely high--and the interplay between them is extraordinary. This quartet can burn, but it can also reflect the depth and intimacy usually found in very special trios.


Since 2000, Copland—who in past years led some of these special trios—has released some 30 CDs as a leader. For the last few years he' been a charter member of both John Abercrombie's quartet and Gary Peacock's trio. ”Starting my own label feels like a natural evolution,” says the pianist. “I've been fortunate enough in my career to work with a lot of very creative and talented producers. I learned quite a lot from them all, and InnerVoice Jazz gives me the opportunity to put some of that knowledge to good use.”