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Ken Peplowski

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The late Mel Tormé said, "Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic." The New York Times pronounced a concert of Ken's "Goodman Straight Up,With A Twist Of Lightning." These quotes only hint at Ken Peplowski's virtuosity - not only is he an outstanding clarinetist and saxophone player, but he's also a charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth,wit, and musicianship. "When you grow up in Cleveland, Ohio, playing in a Polish polka band, you learn to think fast on your feet,” says Peplowski, who played his first professional engagement when he was still in elementary school

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The Jazz Professors: Blues and Cubes

Read "Blues and Cubes" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Yes, the Florida-based Jazz Professors, as befits the name, are smart—but don't let that throw you. They also swing in the best jazz tradition, even though their fourth album, Blues and Cubes, was inspired by the art of Pablo Picasso. Unlike Picasso's works, however, there is scant abstraction here; the Professors embody far more bop than ...

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Deviate from Standards

Label: Larsenjazz Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: A New Thing Comin'; Smoke Screen; Augmented Reality; Family; He Who Getz the Last Laugh; See You at 8; Into the Light; Into the Mild; Tensai

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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

Read "Steven Feifke: Kinetic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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Take Five with Kari Kirkland

Read "Take Five with Kari Kirkland" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Kari Kirkland Kari Kirkland's debut album 'Wild is the Wind' was produced and arranged by four-time Grammy©-nominee, pianist, composer, and arranger Shelly Berg. He assembled an impressive cast of players for the recording: legendary guitarist Dean Parks, Kevin Axt (Tierney Sutton) on bass, and drummer Gregg Field (Frank Sinatra), with Berg himself on piano. The ...

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Take Five with David Larsen

Read "Take Five with David Larsen" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet David Larsen David Larsen is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Halie Loren. Recently, Larsen appears on the Origin Records release New Normal (2021) by Greg Yasinitsky and was ...

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Article: Interview

Alex Clarke: She Does It Her Way

Read "Alex Clarke: She Does It  Her Way" reviewed by Chris May


Coming up fast behind the school of British saxophonists who emerged around 2015 is a younger group of players who are just beginning to get noticed. Among them is Alex Clarke, who was a finalist in Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC's biannual Young Jazz Musician competition in 2020. In the televised final in November, Clarke ...

Album

DIVA + the Boys

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Slipped Disc; A Felicidade; Deference to Diz; Noturna; The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else; Piccolo Blues; Estate; Bucket ‘o Blues.

Album

I Wish I Knew

Label: Lydian Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Great City; I Wish I Knew; It Could Happen To You; I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face; Poinciana; Alfie; Hello Young Lovers; The Shadow of Your Smile Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye; In a Mellow Tone; You Go To My Head; The Party’s Over.

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Article: Album Review

Susie Meissner: I Wish I Knew

Read "I Wish I Knew" reviewed by Jack Bowers


I wish I knew why the talented Philadelphia-based singer Susie Meissner chose to open her salute to the Great American Songbook with the only tune on the album that doesn't really qualify: Curtis Lewis' “The Great City." It's not a bad song but Cole Porter or Johnny Mandel it ain't. On the bright side, Meissner recovers ...


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