“Saloon” by Ron Kaplan and Weber Iago
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Saloon (Kapland Records) by Ron Kaplan and Weber Iago
From Saloon: The Ron Kaplan/Weber Iago Album(Kapland)
Review by Jean Szlamowicz, Jazz Hot:
Most readers will find this vocalist a very pleasant discovery. Warm
and elegant voice, devoid of any sentimental bias, a fluid phrasing
and real rhythmic finesse - this is the mark of a true singer and
not just of some simple sweet-sounding crooner. Ron Kaplan is a
crooner all right but one with expression and not a bit of bad
taste. As could be expected, he's a stalwart defender of the great
American songbook and has founded the American Songbook Preservation
He makes his point clear by covering Ellington, Gershwin, Jobim or
Burt Baccarach with rare freshness. Paradoxically enough, although
the genre of his singing comes out of the Tony Bennett and Frank
Sinatra tradition, he does not owe them anything in terms of pure
singing style. He is a very original stylist whose phrasing reveals
no aggressive phrasing but no weakness either. He knows the right
moves but avoids making them sound artificial - and his
pronunciation is impeccable. There is so much balance that there
isn't a single low point in the album.
With the expert and sugar-free support of Brazilian pianist Weber
Iago, Ron Kaplan brings convincing excellence and does justice with
his deep voice to songs whose every inflexion he knows backwards. He
can afford some interesting variations, easily twisting the melody
of "I Got Rhythm" or "Alfie". He is above all an interpreter,
detailing the possibilities of each song, thus showing true
humility. The seduction also stems from the duo's clear sobriety.
You can take the advice of one who usually cannot stand any
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