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Clarence Penn: Penn’s Landing

Working with Warner Jams at the IAJE Convention Clarence Penn proved himself to be a consummate slickster at the drum kit-never overbearing, busy, or too loud, his accents, support work and the brief breaks he was afforded proved that in spades. Now comes his debut recording as a leader and the recorded work bears out his gifts as well. Penn’s Landing is a date crackling with fire right from the jump, though this is not a case of fire for the sake of firing. No carpet bomber, Penn knows how to carefully place his grenades; check out his exchange with trumpeter John Swana about 2/3 of the way through Swana’s solo on Ron Blake’s “RE: Evolution.”

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