Ken Peplowski – Enrapture

Peplowski and Capri Records are always a great combination.

This latest offering, Enrapture, is well named and will fly off the shelves (or through the Internet) as Peplowski fans eagerly add to their collection. The quintet swings through some beautiful oldies including The Flaming Sword, An Affair to Remember, Oh, My Love, Enrapture, When October Goes, and Willow Tree.

The band is: Ken Peplowski (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Ehud Asherie (piano), Martin Wind (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums).

One usually expects like-sounding (if that’s a word) composers to aligned on an album. Not his one! Talk about eclectic, Enrapture captures the sounds of Ellington, Lennon/Ono, Bricusse/Newley, Noël Coward, Manilow/Mercer, and among others, a swinging ‘Fats’ Waller.

You will enjoy the different tempos and emotions the quintet performs.

As critic Will Friedland says, “Peplowski sounds the way Benny Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” I completely agree and would even add that when in low register the sounds are reminiscent of Acker Bilk.

The album was released this February and you will find more information at: www.caprirecords.com.

Brian Hough – The Jassman©

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