The Jazz KENnection

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Barnes & Noble - Will Meyerhofer
Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski play old-fashioned jazz the way it should be played -- so it doesn’t sound old-fashioned. Most of this material was written at least 60 years ago, but you wouldn’t know it from Davern’s soaring, strutting clarinet or Peplowski’s reedy, cakewalking alto. The standards on the menu range from the hopping ‘20s-style Dixieland of “I’m Satisfied with My Gal” and “A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid” to smooth and mellow renditions of “Georgia on My Mind” and “All of Me.” There’s even a little early Ellington, represented by a version of the classic “Creole Love Call” that just seems to grin and strut and tip its hat before breaking into an ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Will Meyerhofer
Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski play old-fashioned jazz the way it should be played -- so it doesn’t sound old-fashioned. Most of this material was written at least 60 years ago, but you wouldn’t know it from Davern’s soaring, strutting clarinet or Peplowski’s reedy, cakewalking alto. The standards on the menu range from the hopping ‘20s-style Dixieland of “I’m Satisfied with My Gal” and “A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid” to smooth and mellow renditions of “Georgia on My Mind” and “All of Me.” There’s even a little early Ellington, represented by a version of the classic “Creole Love Call” that just seems to grin and strut and tip its hat before breaking into an oh-so-slow and lovely piano solo by John Bunch. Speaking of that, the two Kens are generous with solo opportunities -- in addition to Bunch, Howard Alden steals the show repeatedly with crisp, fleet guitar work. But the high points arrive when the Kens take off together in true Dixieland steeplechase style, as in “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” and “Chicago Rhythm,” where they weave and dodge and tease and wail up and down the scales, trading lines and ideas and generally having marvelous time. In the process they make this great old music sound fresh all over again.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Clarinetist Kenny Davern and alto saxophonist Ken Peplowski heard on his third reed for the first time since his CD Illuminations, recorded ten years prior to this session join forces for an inspired small-group date with a very capable rhythm section consisting of Howard Alden, John Bunch, Greg Cohen, and Tony DeNicola. The material mixes classic jazz and swing, from the very familiar "Georgia on My Mind" and "Creole Love Call" to less frequently heard gems like Sharkey Bonano's "I'm Satisfied With My Gal" and W.C. Handy's "Careless Love." What makes this recording special is the intuitive interplay between the two leaders, as they feed off one another's improvisations and provide inventive backing behind each other's solos, as well as their lyrical playing. Davern is used to excelling with another reed player who doubles on his instrument, as his many recordings with Bob Wilber will attest. Although Peplowski has become better known as a tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, he shows that he hasn't lost a bit of his chops on his other horn, which many folks wrongly assumed he had given up for good. He switches to clarinet to join Davern on a snappy run through James P. Johnson's "A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid." Alden, a frequent collaborator on recording dates with each of the leaders, demonstrates why he is one of the most in-demand guitarists of his generation. Bunch, the senior member of the band, consistently provides the perfect accompaniment and many fine solos. Both Cohen and DeNicola are veterans of several previous recordings led by Davern, for obvious reasons. Masterful releases such as this one are few and far between, so it is highly recommended to fans of classic jazz and swing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941124620
  • Catalog Number: 19246
  • Sales rank: 210,515

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Satisfied With My Gal - Ken Peplowski (9:23)
  2. 2 Mama's Gone, Goodbye - Ken Peplowski (8:37)
  3. 3 I'll See You in My Dreams - Ken Peplowski (4:24)
  4. 4 Georgia on My Mind - Ken Peplowski (7:33)
  5. 5 Careless Love - Ken Peplowski (9:29)
  6. 6 Creole Love Call - Ken Peplowski (8:53)
  7. 7 Chicago Rhythm (Transvestite Dance from the Apex Club) - Ken Peplowski (2:53)
  8. 8 All of Me - Ken Peplowski (9:01)
  9. 9 A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid - Ken Peplowski (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Davern Primary Artist, Clarinet
Howard Alden Guitar
John Bunch Piano
Ken Peplowski Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Greg Cohen Bass, Bass Guitar
Tony DeNicola Drums
Technical Credits
Jim Czak Engineer
John Chilton Liner Notes
Alan Nahigian Cover Photo
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
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