Ken Peplowski Quartet – Memories Of You, Vol.1 (2006) [Japan 2014]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:42 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,74 GB
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While well known amongst serious jazz fans in the U.S., the talented Ken Peplowski had been relatively unknown in Japan, until Tetsuo Hara of Venus Records introduced him with the smash hit “Memories of You” in 2006. It received not only the Gold Disc recognition, but was also awarded the Best Engineered Album in 2006 by Swing Journal. Its audiophile credentials were further enhanced when Jazz Critique Magazine chose it as the Third Best Sounding Jazz Disc of 2006.
Ken Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges, and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues. In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”; in March, Ken was also given a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC honoring him for “his matchless musical achievements”.
Ken Peplowski is among the top clarinetists and tenor saxophonists of his generation. After a long, fruitful period recording as a leader for Concord, Peplowski started getting a number of offers to record for overseas labels. He alternates between the two instruments during these 2006 sessions, well accompanied by pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Gary Mazzaroppi (long Marian McPartland’s bassist of choice), and drummer Jeff Brillinger, all veterans like the leader. Peplowski’s lush tenor in the first interpretation of “Memories of You” recalls Ben Webster with his soft, breathy vibrato and lyrical style. He also caresses Roland Kirk’s infrequently heard ballad “Bright Moments” and renders an elegant “Dream Dancing” as well. On clarinet, Peplowski’s magical treatment of “In a Sentimental Mood” (backed solely by bass at first) suggests a bird’s song.
01. Memories Of You
02. I’ll Be Seeing You
03. Bright Moments
04. In A Sentimental Mood
05. Dream Dancing
06. It Might As Well Be Spring
07. Last Night When We Were Young
Produced by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Katherine Miller.
Recorded on November 17 & 18, 2005 at The Studio in New York.
Mixed & Mastered by Shuji Kitamura & Tetsuo Hara.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-23.
Ken Peplowski – tenor sax, clarinet
Ted Rosenthal – piano
Gary Mazzaroppi – bass
Jeff Brillinger – drums