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The Jazz in Me

by Eric Copeland Jazz

Smooth Instrumental Smooth and Christian Jazz, piano-led, with cool vocals, hymns, scat, and even a little vocalese thrown in for good measure.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. The Jazz in Me
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5:17 album only
2. My Steps Are Ordered
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3:41 album only
3. Softly and Tenderly
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5:15 album only
4. On the Side
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5:18 album only
5. In The Key of Blue
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5:47 album only
6. In Between Dreams
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4:50 album only
7. El Caribe
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4:38 album only
8. When She Returns
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5:06 album only
9. Come to Me
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3:33 album only
10. Have Thine Own Way
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11. Just As I Am
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Album Notes
THE JAZZ IN ME marks the return to original jazz music by producer, keyboardist, and songwriter Eric Copeland. After releasing albums of his own in the 90's, including the funky, synth jazz "Cooler" and the seminal, laid back "Stolen Moments", Copeland began producing albums for national and international artists full-time. In the past few years though, Copeland began retooling some older songs he had written for other artists (My Steps Are Ordered, Come to Me), new takes on classic hymns (Softly and Tenderly, Just As I Am), polishing up a few he had previously released (Have Thine Own Way), and writing new tunes that defined his current place in life (In Between Dreams, On the Side). The result is THE JAZZ IN ME.

All this has been accompanied in the last few years by a sudden and intense need to study jazz history, and dive deeper into why jazz is such an important part of his life. THE JAZZ IN ME is more than a new CD, it's the result of study, prayer, and hours of listening, playing, and talking about jazz.

"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."


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John Carlson

Gorgeous stuff
First, let me say how much I've totally been amazed and enjoyed just starting to listen to your work. Gorgeous stuff and totally right up my alley of musical passion. Where have you been all this time??!! - John Carlson, 2007 Christian Jazz Artist of the Year

Tony Scialdone

A Great Blend
My first impression of this album was that it's a great blend of songs, and would make a road trip much shorter. My second impression is that Eric is more than a musician...he's an artist. Take your time listening to this album!

Donna Carlin

Not only a joy to listen to the thrilling sounds of jazz, but uplifting lyrics you will want to hear again and again. Great mix of the old and the new!

Joe Livingston

The jazz in me
A very well produce cd. His spirit shines on this.

John Andrew Dixon

Well worth the wait!
From the time Eric Copeland created "Cooler" in 1999, I hoped for another CD from him with the same innovative blend of mellow reverence and uplifting energy, so I was delighted to learn about "The Jazz in Me." I'm not disappointed in this new release, because it's everything I was anticipating (the long wait has been surely worth it!). Eric's jazzy tunes are fresh, buoyant, and his improvisational gifts have reached new heights. The title track, with its joyously self-deprecating mood, never fails to boost my spirit, and "My Steps Are Ordered" has such a captivating rhythm that I find myself humming it on my morning walks, feeling a bit closer to the Lord. What more can I say?

Shunnae Love

Soothing and wonderful production!!
I was so pleased to receive my copy of this cd! The songs are very soothing and inspiring!! I would definitely recommend!!

Alexandr Boev

A Smooth Jewel!
Soulful, jazzy, smooth, funky and bluesy mixed in good proportion The Jazz In Me is a must for any contemporary jazz music collector. The sound is clear and real - at last no drum-machines or synth-basses! Those who like comparisons might call Eric Copeland a Canadian Jeff Lorber, though he is certainly not an imitator but an original and inspirational composer and performer. I hope his next album will not take so long to be released!