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by Jim Santella
Recorded in 1999, this program features the velvety smooth baritone voice of Ron Kaplan singing timeless standards that have weathered changes in music and technology, and that we've all come to love. For Lounging Around he works with a small ensemble to emulate the unique Rat Pack ambience that has affected millions. How can we ever forget? Standards like Just One of Those Things, Caravan and Blues in the Night recall the happy times when the lounges of Las Vegas ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Ron Kaplan has recorded four previous albums with differently stuctured groups on his own Kapland label in the wish of preserving the music of the Great American Songbook. On his latest, subtitled The Ron Kaplan-Weber Iago Album," he's accompanied only by pianist Weber Iago on nine songs.
Kaplan, a California native, studied with pianist Smith Dobson and plays several instruments. He ran a successful busines in a non-musical field but decided to return in the mid-'80s. The inspiration ...read more
by Ed Kopp
Ron Kaplan is a dulcet-toned singer from Monterey, California, whose second release Lounging Around is a mellow collection of 11 standards done up in a straight-ahead jazz style with guitar, bass, drums, one or two horns (depending on the cut), and B3 organ (on three tracks). It's the kind of dreamy, soothing album that establishes the right mood for an at-home dinner date.
A restrained tenor vocalist, Kaplan is more lounge crooner than jazz stylist -- the album title seems ...read more