Ken Peplowski Gypsy Jazz Band – Gypsy Lament (2008) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:25 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,42 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,21 GB
Ken Peplowski has long shown interest in a number of different jazz styles, but this album is his first strictly Gypsy swing session. Recruiting two of the most versatile guitarists for the date, Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, veterans Frank Tate on bass and Chuck Redd on drums, and the promising young violinist Aaron Weinstein (on selected tracks), Peplowski alternates between tenor sax and clarinet, covering a set list that is mostly drawn from the Quintet of the Hot Club of France and postwar Django Reinhardt records. The reed player showcases both instruments in his delightful take of “Please,” overlapping them in spots via overdubbing. Peplowski takes a back seat to the two guitarists in “Nuages,” with Pizzarelli taking the opening solo (easily identified by anyone who has heard him play this standard in person) and Alden following the leader’s feature. Weinstein takes part in the chugging “Minor Swing,” sounding very mature for his tender years. “Anouman” is one of Reinhardt’s gems from near the end of his life; surprisingly, it is infrequently performed. Peplowski’s lyrical, spacious clarinet is a highlight of this moving rendition.
05. I’m Confessin’
06. Minor Swing
11. I’ve Had My Moments
12. Time On My Hands
Ken Peplowski – tenor sax, clarinet
Bucky Pizzarelli – guitar
Howard Alden – guitar
Arron Weinstein – violin
Frank Tate – bass
Chuck Redd – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Katherine Miller.
Recorded at The Studio in New York on November 23 and 24, 2007.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-100.