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Ken Peplowski: The Other Portrait

This is an outstanding album. The “other” in the title refers to Peplowski’s classical music chops as well as his take on Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman,” two areas not previously associated with him. Whether he’s playing Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto For Clarinet And Orchestra” and Witold Lutoslawski’s “Dance Preludes” with the Bulgarian Symphony or an a capella medley of “Milestones” and “Anthropology” or Billy Strayhorn and Jimmy Hamilton’s “Duet” with a jazz quartet and three trombones, he is the complete clarinetist.

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