Noir Blue

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Ken Peplowski is one of the most accomplished musicians in the second half-century of jazz. His lithe clarinet or literate tenor saxophone playing earmarks a curiosity for many facets within mainstream jazz that he employs. On Noir Blue -- his first CD for the Capri label -- Peplowski explores that variety in a swinging framework with original material, standards, and interpretations of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's music. With the exceptional pianist Shelly Berg, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Joe La Barbera, the reedman can scarcely do anything wrong in playing enjoyable, populist jazz that is as consistent as anyone could wish for. The title selection is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Ken Peplowski is one of the most accomplished musicians in the second half-century of jazz. His lithe clarinet or literate tenor saxophone playing earmarks a curiosity for many facets within mainstream jazz that he employs. On Noir Blue -- his first CD for the Capri label -- Peplowski explores that variety in a swinging framework with original material, standards, and interpretations of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's music. With the exceptional pianist Shelly Berg, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Joe La Barbera, the reedman can scarcely do anything wrong in playing enjoyable, populist jazz that is as consistent as anyone could wish for. The title selection is an obscure but beautiful Strayhorn ballad that Peplowski plays expertly on clarinet, while the light Latin Berg composition "Home with You" is warm and fuzzy as can be. A contemporary beat à la Ahmad Jamal is employed on Ellington's lesser-known "Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies," with "The Best Thing for You" done in a brisk bop. Reminiscent of Lester Young, Peplowski's tenor sax is in vintage form for the upbeat swinger penned by La Barbera "If Not For You," and pays homage to Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman, inspired in angular and quirky tones during Peplowski's original "Little Dogs." Of many excellent albums he has produced in his three-decade career, this is one of the most complete and satisfying efforts the top-drawer figure has ever produced, and deserves a most high recommendation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Capri Records
  • UPC: 054987409820
  • Catalog Number: 74098
  • Sales rank: 202,971

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Peplowski Primary Artist, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe La Barbera Drums
Jay Leonhart Bass
Shelly Berg Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Ken Peplowski Composer, Liner Notes
Ray Noble Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Thomas C. Burns Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Joe La Barbera Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Andy Waterman Engineer
Shelly Berg Composer
Max Kester Composer
Todd Reid Graphic Design
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