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Eric Copeland – The Jazz In Me

Eric Copeland crossed my way for the first time with his debut album Cooler (1999), a jazzy, gospel-tinged product with cool jazz grooves, gospel scat-like vocals, and synth texture. Eric was infected by Jeff Lorber’s music and his future destination has been marked out as producer, keyboardist, and songwriter. His sophomore album Stolen Moments (2000) was followed by The Jazz in Me in 2008.

Recently Eric produced for his label Creative Soul Jazz Drew Davidsen’s new album Around (Again). He also performed on this album keyboards, vocals and programming.

Eric comments his own album: “I’ve found that my love for jazz is deeper than just a genre or niche my music happens to fall under. The elements that make up jazz: improvisation, composition, rhythm, melody, structure, harmony, repetition…these are things that are part of everything I do, not just music…”

The album starts with Eric’s confession, The Jazz in Me. More Miles than Coltrane Eric sings and swings along the melody like his idols he mentions in this fantastic song. Phenomenal good are also Brian Fullen on drums, Craig Nelson on acoustic bass and Tom Hemby accompanying the maestro in an elegant and subtle way.

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