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Copland, Marc Quartet (w/ Gress / Verheyen / Ferber): Someday (Inner Voice Jazz)

Bringing together veteran bassist Drew Gress with younger generation players, Belgian-American saxophonist Robin Verheyen (Bram De Looze) and drummer Mark Ferber (Gary Peacock, Ralph Alessi), pianist Marc Copland's new quartet presents a lyrical album of original compositions and standards; virtuosic, energetic and sensitively interpreted works of modern jazz.

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UPC: 0653415695981

Label: Inner Voice Jazz
Catalog ID: IVJ 107
Squidco Product Code: 32618

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at The Samurai Hotel, in New York, New York, on January 11th and 12th, 2022, by Katsuhiko Naito.


Marc Copland-piano

Robin Verheyen-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Drew Gress-bass

Mark Ferber-drums

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"Marc Copland (born May 27, 1948, as Marc Cohen) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Copland became part of the jazz scene in Philadelphia in the early 1960s as a saxophonist, and later moved to New York City, where he experimented with electric alto saxophone. In the early 1970s, while pursuing his own harmonic concept, he grew dissatisfied with what he felt were inherent limitations in the saxophone and moved to the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, where he remained for a decade to retrain as a jazz pianist. He returned to New York in the mid-1980s."

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"Robin Verheyen first started lessons on the saxophone at the age of 12. He won the prestigious Django d'Or prize at the age of 25. He has called a variety of cities his home (Turnhout, Amsterdam, Paris, New York). One can definitely say that Robin Verheyen has a focused approach to his career.

Born in Turnhout in 1983, Robin Verheyen first studied for three years in Belgium, then two years in the Netherlands, and one year as an honour student ("dean's list") at the Manhattan School of Music with Dave Liebman, Steve Slagle, Frank Vaganée, Jasper Blom, Ferdinand Povel, Dick Oatts, and John Ruocco. He ended his musical study with honours in Amsterdam.

In 2005 Verheyen moved to Paris for a year where he played in bands led by Giovanni Falzone, Remi Vignolo, Nelson Veras, and Bruno Angelini. In Paris he met the Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen with whom he's been working since in their duo and trio with drummer Markku Ounaskari. They recorded a cd together called "Semplice" that was released in 2009 on Alba Records. In 2013 they released the trio album "Aleatoric" on Eclipse Music.

In 2006 Robin Verheyen moved to New York. There he has played and recorded with the Pascal Niggenkemper Trio, as well as the bands of Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Dan Loomis, Charnett Moffett, Jesse Stacken, Michael Bates, and more. In 2008 he recorded the cd "Andarta" on Origin Records with Grammy award winner Roy Hargrove and the Roy Assaf/Eddy Khaimovich Quartet.

He also co-leads the band Narcissus with Flin van Hemmen, Clemens van der Feen and Jozef Dumoulin with whom he has released two albums for the label W.E.R.F. since their early beginnings in 2004.

While working as CC de Warande Artist in Residence in his hometown of Turnhout he formed his International quartet with top-level musicians. Playing with Verheyen are the American pianist Bill Carrothers, the Belgian drummer Dré Pallemaerts and the Belgian bassist Nicolas Thys. Their first CD Painting Space was released on the Belgian label W.E.R.F. in 2008. In 2009 there followed Verheyen's second release, the critically acclaimed "Starbound", on the Munich-based Pirouet label.

All About Jazz said: "It's Verheyen's ability to find every creative possibility within a limited framework that puts Starbound over the top, and adds Verheyen to the list of reasons why jazz in the 21st century will be just fine."

Jazztimes said about "Starbound": "Twenty-six-year-old Belgian saxophonist Robin Verheyen displays a masterful command of his horns on his auspicious debut as a leader."

In May 2009 the French Jazzmagazine declared him one of the top 12 European saxophone players among big names like Pietro Tonolo, Christoph Lauer and Trygve Seim.

Verheyen has played as a sideman with Grammy Award winning artists Roy Hargrove, Maria Schneider, Branford Marsalis, NEA Jazz Master Toots Thielemans and many others like Charnett Moffett, Tom Rainey, Ravi Coltrane, Gerald Cleaver, Tyshawn Sorey, and Will Calhoun.

In 2012 he released the album "Trinity" with his NY quartet on the label 52 creations. They presented the album at the Jazz Standard in NYC and toured in Europe playing the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Gent Jazz Festival. The current line-up of this group is Russ Johnson on trumpet, Drew Gress on bass and Jeff Davis on drums. In 2013 Robin received a grant by Chamber Music America to write the new work "Beyond Illuminations" for this band. For this piece he traveled to Senegal to immerse himself in the local music scene and brought together West African rhythm with the modernistic harmonies of French composer Olivier Messiaen. This is rather representative of Verheyen's cross-genre approach to music, something that has become a mainstay in his oeuvre. This work was premiered in September 2014 during a tour of the US. Their new album 'A Look Beyond' (Cap Vert Illuminations) has been released on Challenge Records in 2015.

Since 2012 Robin has been working with pianist Marc Copland as a duo and in a quartet with Gary Peacock and Joey Baron. They performed together at the 2013 Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp. A new recording with Marc Copland, Drew Gress and Billy Hart will be released on Jan 26 2018 on Universal. This will be followed by a European Tour in Feb and March.

He also co-leads the band TaxiWars with Belgian singer Tom Barman. They have released two albums on Universal that received critical acclaim in the rock and jazz world. They are currently preparing their third album.

As a composer he received a commission in 2010 by the concert hall De Bijloke in Ghent to write a 50-minute chamber music work. This work featuring Aki Rissanen, Katrien Baerts and the Kryptos Quartet was premiered as part of the Jazz&Sounds Festival in November 2011 and received wide acclaim.The work featured texts and poems by Indian philosopher Krishnamurti and the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In August 2014 Verheyen premiered a new commission for the MA Festival in Bruges. This work was based on music by 14th-century composer Guillaume de Machaut combined with Robin's jazz and classical influences. It features Robin Verheyen and Russ Johnson as soloists together with woodwinds from the ensemble I Solisti Del Vento and the string quartet Aton&Armide. His most recent commission was the Bach Riddles for the Bach Akademie in Bruges. This piece was premiered in January 2017. This work is based on The Musical Offering by Bach featuring Benoit Delbecq, Clemens van der Feen and Toma Gouband.

Since 2017 Verheyen has been an Artist in Residence for the KMSKA (Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp). This residency runs for 5 years and the first piece will be premiered in fall of 2018 at the Getty Museum in LA. The piece will feature the Goeyvaerts String Trio and pianist Marc Copland. More info on this project to follow soon.

Verheyen has also been very active as an educator. He has taught master classes at numerous conservatories around the world such as the conservatory of Amsterdam, Lawrence University, The University of Wisconsin, LUCA Jazz School of the Arts and many more, as well as private lessons.

A few years ago, French magazine Jazzman appropriately prophesized, "You don't know who Robin Verheyen is? That's going to change!" "

-Robin Verheyen Website (

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"Drew Gress (born November 20, 1959) is an American jazz double-bassist and composer born in Trenton, New Jersey, raised in the Philadelphia area, and currently based in New York City.


Gress became interested in jazz and the double bass while a teenager, joining the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band, a nationally-prominent high school jazz ensemble, in 1975, spending two years as bassist and arranger for the group. His interest in composing original material for large ensembles, such as those of Johnny Richards, Billy May, and Pat Williams, led him to Baltimore's Towson State University in 1977, where he studied composition and counterpoint with Hank Levy, known for his work with Don Ellis and Stan Kenton. While at Towson, Gress established a playing relationship with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, with whom he cofounded Joint Venture with Paul Smoker and Phil Haynes. They released three albums on Enja Records between 1987 and 1994.

During the 1980s in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, he played with Sonny Stitt, Clifford Jordan, Albert Dailey, Mose Allison, Zoot Sims, Cab Calloway, Buddy Hackett, Phyllis Diller, and pianist Marc Copland, with whom he still plays today. He also served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, Towson State University, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. He formed a quartet, Tekke, in 1989 with David Kane, Glenn Cashman, and Michael Smith.

In 1997, he cofounded the cooperative improvising trio Paraphrase with saxophonist/composer Tim Berne and drummer Tom Rainey. Together, they pursued a compositional approach to free improvisational practice. They recorded three live albums together and toured extensively.

In 1998, he released his first album as leader, Heyday, with his band Jagged Sky (featuring David Binney, Ben Monder, and Kenny Wollesen). 2001 saw the release of Spin & Drift with Uri Caine, Berne, and Rainey, in which he played pedal steel guitar for the first time.

Earlier in the 1990s, he served tenures as artist in residence at University of Colorado-Boulder and at Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Since 1992, Gress has maintained an extensive touring schedule, traveling to Europe, Asia, and South America. Those with whom he has and continues to work include Tim Berne, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, John Hollenbeck, Fred Hersch, Marc Copland, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Jack DeJohnette, John Surman, Ray Anderson, Erik Friedlander, Kenny Werner, Bill Carrothers, Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby, Steve Lehman, and Edsel Gomez. To date, he has appeared on over 140 recordings, 4 of which have received Grammy nominations.

Gress' own ensembles have toured Europe four times since 2002, in addition to isolated festival appearances in Italy and Portugal. In 2004, the UK's BBC Radio and London's Guardian selected his quartet's live radio broadcast as Jazz Concert of the Year.

Composition awards include an NEA grant (1990), funding from Meet the Composer (2003), a Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2005), a CMA French-American Exchange Grant (2007), and an Encore Grant from that same organization (2008). He continues to compose for larger groups and has begun experimenting with virtual synthesizers."

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"Drummer Mark Ferber can be heard on nearly 200 recordings. Ongoing projects include ECM recording artist Ralph Alessi's 'This Against That', the Marc Copland trio, the Brad Shepik Organ Trio, and his twin brother, Alan Ferber's Grammy nominated big band and nonet.

He currently maintains a busy freelance schedule throughout New York's jazz clubs, recording studios, and international touring circuit. Past work includes tours and recordings with Lee Konitz, Gary Peacock, Jonathan Kreisberg, John O'Gallagher, Don Byron, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Anna Webber, Mark Helias, Pete McCann, Matt Pavolka, Michael Attias and Billy Childs, among others.

Mark has taught extensively in the United States and Europe. He has worked as a faculty member for the California Institute of the Arts, the Tavira Jazz Workshop in Portugal, the School of Improvisational Music (SIM), The Maine Jazz Camp and The Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Workshop. He currently teaches privately out of the City College of New York.

He was born and raised in Moraga, CA and received a degree in Biogeography from UCLA."

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track listing:

1. Someday My Prince Will Come 5:58

2. Spinning Things 8:05

3. Dukish 6:49

4. Let's Cool One 7:34

5. Round She Goes 9:08

6. Encore 4:03

7. Day And Night 10:13

8. Nardis 7:33
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As the pandemic winds down and music re-emerges in 2022, Marc Copland has released his first quartet CD in several years, featuring some of the finest talents on the New York scene. Copland feels that this is one of his best recordings ever, and after listening, we can see why! By now Marc Copland needs no introduction. At 74 years, he's arguably at the very top of his game, making him one of the handful of jazz pianists playing at the highest level. Certainly John Abercrombie and Gary Peacock thought so; for over 30 years, they played in his bands, and he in theirs. Drew Gress, the other veteran in the band, has been omnipresent on the jazz scene in the last three decades and likewise needs no introduction. He covers the whole instrument with breath-taking virtuosity, and his understanding of time and harmony is perhaps unrivaled among his peers. Copland and Gress, partners for many years, are joined by two outstanding younger talents. Robin Verheyen is a Belgian-American saxophonist who has been playing with Copland for nearly ten years. Says the pianist, "he really knows how to listen, and has his own sound and approach, which is so important." Copland, who has played and recorded over the years with (among others) Bob Berg, Mike Brecker, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, and James Moody, says simply, "Robin is my favorite tenor and soprano saxophonist." But it's not only the saxophonist's talents as a player that shine here; Copland has included two ballads composed by Verheyen on this recording, because "his tunes are unusual but very logical, and fun to play on." Drummer Mark Ferber, who splits time between New York and Los Angeles, is no stranger to jazz listeners, having toured and recorded with Gary Peacock's trio, Ralph Alessi's quintet (two albums for ECM), and countless other projects. He combines an effortless technical proficiency, killer swing, high intensity, and a quiet sensitivity--- all in one package. Copland's unique sense of touch,lyricism and poetry at his instrument, his creation of unusual harmonies and lines, and his sense of swing are well documented. What's perhaps less known, but shines brightly here, is how committed he is to the spontaneity of the moment. "That's an approach that John (Abercrombie), Gary (Peacock), and I all shared- when I played with either one, it was like we could read each other's minds." In this band, the level of spontaneous interaction and interplay between the musicians is remarkable. "I never come to the studio with all the tunes selected and prepared," says the pianist. "I like to leave room for something to happen and to encourage band members to participate in the decision making and shaping of the music. When everybody's involved, you get this thing where the band sounds and feels like one living organism. For example, towards the end of two days of recording, Robin suggested playing a set as if the band were in a club-no stopping, no talking, no coffee break, no plan,"just play and see what happens." So Copland started playing, and the other three joined in, making music nonstop for about an hour. And there were indeed magical moments---represented here by the renditions of Someday My Prince Will Come, Nardis, and Verheyen's Dukish. How does Copland feel about this music? "In the several years before John Abercrombie passed away, we had a real vibe going with his last quartet. We were, as John liked to say, firmly rooted in the tradition but pushing the boundaries in order to discover new things, and a lot of people seemed to get it and want more. This new quartet feels just like that to me, and I'm sure John agrees, wherever he is."-Inner Voice Jazz

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