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Ken Peplowski: Maybe September

Ken Peplowski’s rendition of “Caroline, No” might be the most beautiful piece of recorded music of the year. Playing tenor saxophone, Peplowski gives the Brian Wilson classic a tender, respectful treatment, patiently exploring its every nuance over eight minutes. He plays the melody straight, with no extra notes, and then backs away to let his … Read More “Ken Peplowski: Maybe September”

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Ken Peplowski: In Search of…

Like Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski has proven the best revenge for being stereotyped as a neo-swing player is to develop a personal style and sound that skirts tradition as rewardingly as it basks in it. Though the clarinetist weds jazz to raga here on a quirky, vibraphone-dappled cover of George Harrison’s “Within You Without You,” … Read More “Ken Peplowski: In Search of…”

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Johnny Varro featuring Ken Peplowski: Two Legends of Jazz

There are two qualities you can always expect from Arbors’ stable of artists: they unfailingly display compatibility and camaraderie, particularly in the front line. Take this session recorded a couple of years ago featuring two highly compatible comrades: pianist Johnny Varro and clarinetist Ken Peplowski. A generation separates them — Varro was born in 1930; … Read More “Johnny Varro featuring Ken Peplowski: Two Legends of Jazz”

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