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
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
Gary Lunn, Danny O’Lannerghty (bass), Mark Baldwin, Tom
Hemby (guitars), Jeff Kashiwa, Sam Levine, Marcus Anderson
Jeff Savage (additional loops and programming).
The starting track Told You So! featuring
saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa was originally released on the
album Our Own Devices. Eric refreshed the song with
a more rhythmic remix. Deep Pockets has a more raw
impact. Mark Baldwin plays a distorted guitar, Eric makes
his supreme traces on vintage organ. A bit of rock,
but more over with a jazzy attitude.
Yin & Yang is the Chinese principle of two nature
forces standing opposite but seamlessly complementary. The
song combines Scat singing with Mongolian Tuvan humming in a
dynamic mesh featuring jazz solos by guitarist Tom Hemby and
drummer Scott Williamson.
Eric Copeland released in 1999 his solo album Cooler.
First track of this album was the title Chill. This
song was modified on
Our Own Devices as Chiller.
Chillest is the third effort with a remix by Jeff
Savage who transforms the track to a modern electro swing by
manipulating the sound through filters and flangers and
adding a programmed beat.
Coming on from the album
Our Own Devices features saxophonist Sam Levine whose
perfection contributed significantly to the success of the
song in the charts. Coming Back On is pepped up by
Jeff Savage with additional sax parts.
Marcus Anderson in earlier times in Prince's dream team
proved his reputation as the powerhouse of the sax in the
earlier version of Sleekness, to find on Our
Jeff Savage did a great remixing job on Sleekness
Revisited with fascinating vibes. Eric comments: “Some
things just bother you after you release an album, and they
never go away. And this killer tune just had some things I
heard in headphones that always needed fixing. That is done
now, and the groove is tighter too!”
Player A capture
with Devices, Techniques & Mechanisms your ears
presenting enticing tracks with exiting modern elements.
Nothing can be improved on this album, except that Eric
Copeland will take the next step towards live presentation
after the crisis.
* A Special Edition CD with the Bonus Track Stayin'
Alive (After Midnight) is available