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Take Five with Ron Kaplan

Read "Take Five with Ron Kaplan" reviewed by Ron Kaplan

Meet Ron Kaplan: Ron Kaplan's musical style is reminiscent of the great singers of the 1950's continuing the tradition of performing songs from the Popular and Jazz Standards of the Great American Songbook. Critics note Kaplan's phrasing, tone, relaxed style, and his ability to get to the heart of a song with his own mark of musicianship, while featuring superb musicians in his live performances and on his recordings, enjoyed around the world. His latest ...

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Ron Kaplan: Lounging Around

Read "Lounging Around" reviewed 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 ...

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Ron Kaplan: Saloon

Read "Saloon" reviewed 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 ...

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Ron Kaplan: Lounging Around

Read "Lounging Around" reviewed 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 ...


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