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Player A – Devices, Techniques & Mechanisms

Nashville, Tennessee is one of America’s musical hot spots. Producer, keyboardist and owner of the record label Creative Soul Jazz Eric Copeland has formed the contemporary jazz group Player A consisting of Nashville’s top studio musicians. Their first albums are On The Side (2010), Our Own Devices (2011)and The Jazz In Me (2015). Devices, Techniques & Mechanisms (2018) is their fourth project, an addendum to Our Own Devices.

The album is titled after a famous speech of Martin Luther King Jr.: “Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.”

Eric Copeland performs on this album keys and programming. Furthermore the following musicians participate in this project John Hammond, Scott Williamson, Dan Needham (drums), Gary Lunn, Danny O’Lannerghty (bass), Mark Baldwin, Tom Hemby (guitars), Jeff Kashiwa, Sam Levine, Marcus Anderson (saxes), and Jeff Savage (additional loops and programming).

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Player A – Devices, Techniques, & Mechanisms

Player A is a contemporary jazz group that features some of the top studio session players of Nashville, as well as players from the smooth jazz & contemporary jazz landscape.

The A players of Nashville, and smooth jazz.Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Get the new album on Bandcamp.com.

Player A – Devices, Techniques, & Mechanisms

The future evolution of Player A, with remixes and revisits of songs from “Our Own Devices” as well as two new songs.

Player A is

Told You So! (feat. Jeff Kashiwa)
Drums: John Hammond
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Saxes: Jeff Kashiwa
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Deep Pockets
Drums: Scott WIlliamson
Bass: Danny O’Lannerghty
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Keyboards and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Yin & Yang
Drums: Scott WIlliamson
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Tom Hemby
Keyboards, Vocals, and Programming: Eric Copeland

Chillest (Savage Remix)
Drums: Dan Needham
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Remix by Jeff Savage

Coming On Smooth
Drums: Dan Needham
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Saxes: Sam Levine
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Sleekness Revisited (feat. Marcus Anderson)
Drums: John Hammond
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Saxes: Marcus Anderson
Keys and Programming: Eric Copeland
Additional Loops and Programming: Jeff Savage

Devices, Techniques, & Mechanisms is available on CDBaby.

Player A – The Jazz in Me

The Jazz in MeProducer Eric Copeland formed Player A from the session players in Nashville. Featuring guitarists Tom Hemby and Mark Baldwin, as well as bassist Gary Lunn, the first songs recorded for Copeland’s original album The Jazz in Me got the group started. “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. And then the history of jazz is just a fascinating and, historically speaking, relatively recent ascension of a whole new music, that like classical before it, has it’s own forefathers: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, etc.”

“There is also my whole passion for Christian music, and trying to bring something different to the table there. God gave me quite different gifts and thought processes than other musicians, producers, and writers. I think it has taken this far in my life to see how and where my personal music, blending jazz and gospel, fits in. But I believe there is plenty to say about God in the context of jazz, that I could make CDs for a lifetime and never get it all out. The Jazz in Me is a step in that direction.” Listen to this album at CDBaby.

Player A – Our Own Devices

Player A is not a typical Nashville music group. These contemporary jazz musicians are their own recommendation. Flooding the scene with new ideas and extreme professionalism it was only a natural way to release after their debut EP On The Side their sophomore album Our Own Devices (2011).

Player A are keyboardist and producer Eric Copeland, bassist Gary Lunn, guitarist Mark Baldwin, drummer Bryan Fullen and saxophonist Sam Levine. Inspired by mastermind and composer Eric Copeland Player A presents the finest smooth jazz, Nashville ever heard.

Sleekness starts the album with a funky approach. Marcus Anderson takes the lead on sax. This young lion is a powerhouse of saxman. Mark Baldwin gives his call on sax the right answer on guitar.

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Player A – Our Own Devices

Player A is a new contemporary jazz group that features some of the top studio session players in the Nashville, TN area. Certainly known for it’s country & gospel music industries, music publishing, and famed Music Row, Nashville also boasts the last bastion of consistent studio work for quality players, as well as some SERIOUS jazz talent.

Now on this new release, Player A celebrates the magic world of the process of recording, with Our Own Devices. From the blistering opening tune, “Sleekness”, which features smooth sax man Marcus Anderson, you know this is something special. Next up, Player A gives you a unique and funky version of the Bee Gee’s hit “Staying Alive”. Then we slow down the groove and treat you to a laid back beat, and some smooth piano and guitar with “The Deepest Love”.

Next up is the first national smooth jazz single from Player A, “Coming On”. This is led by Nashville veteran sax man Sam Levine. World class jazz fusion guitarist Tom Hemby takes over the title song “Our Own Devices”, which has a deep Joe Sample vibe. Then bassist Gary Lunn slaps and funks up “Steppin”, a toe tapping c-jazz classic jam with a monster bass solo section.

All the players contribute to “One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward”, a David Benoit like piece that is grand in scope, and also recalls Dave Grusin. Then we go coastal for the Caribbean inspired “Talk About It”, featuring the guitar of Mark Baldwin. And the groove heats up again with “(Hate to Say) I Told You So”, with a sure fire smooth jazz beat, and some funky guitars and keys.

Think you remember the 70’s song “Windy”? Listening to Player A’s version, you may not be sure. It starts out Nintendo, then goes calliope, and ends up as a fusion inspired wild ride. The uptempo “Chiller” is next with Player A driving right down the smooth jazz parkway, with strong solos and leads by all members, including a blistering solo by bassist Gary Lunn. Then Lunn and producer/keyboardist end the album with the soothing bass/electric piano duet of “A Fitting End”.

Our Own Devices  is now released at CDBaby.

Player A – On The Side

Player A is a new contemporary jazz group in Nashville, TN. These top session players have already worked with Chuck Loeb, Luther Vandross, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Jonathan Butler, Kenny Loggins and more greats of the music scene.

The band are keyboardist and producer Eric Copeland, bassist Gary Lunn, guitarist Mark Baldwin, drummer Bryan Fullen and saxophonist Sam Levine. The band also works as production team for other jazz artists like guitarist Drew Davidsen, recording with him the albums Around (Again), We 3 Stringz and his 2011 release Spin Cycle.

On The Side is the first solo project of this formation presenting finest smooth jazz in the style of Fourplay, The Rippingtons or Jeff Lorber.

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Player A – On the Side

Player A is a new contemporary jazz group that features some of the top studio session players in the Nashville, TN area. Certainly known for it’s country & gospel music industries, music publishing, and famed Music Row, Nashville also boasts the last bastion of consistent studio work for quality players, as well as some SERIOUS jazz talent.

While known to the music world and artists who may live and work here, such as Michael McDonald, Vince Gill, Vanessa Williams, Kenny Loggins, Larry Carlton, Victor Wooten, these session players have mainly flown under the radar to the national and international audience.

This first EP was the birth of Player A, as producer Eric Copeland brought the players together to record these first tunes. You find this fine EP On The Side at CDBaby.