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New York Trio and Ken Peplowski – Stardust (2009) [Japan 2015] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

New York Trio & Ken Peplowski – Stardust (2009)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 66:05 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,66 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,33 GB
Genre: Jazz

A wonderful gift for jazz fans has arrived from Venus Records! Nobody argues that Bill Charlap is one of the most preeminent jazz pianists of his generation. His encyclopedic knowledge of the American Songbook is second to none, and his beautiful touch, amazing skills and imagination make it a pleasure to listen to him at all times. Ken Peplowski, on the other hand, is without a doubt one of the best clarinet and tenor sax players in the swing tradition. Each of them had recorded a number of albums for Venus Records of Japan separately–Charlap with his great New York Trio (with Jay Leonhart and Bill Stewart) and Peplowski with his own quartet and the Eddie Higgins Quintet. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to put them together in a studio and make an album? Yes, it would, and they actually did it! They are a match made in heaven, and you can hear from the first note of the first song that they are inspired. Peplowski’s supple, rich, and lyrical clarinet and tenor sax playing is simply beautiful, and Charlap’s quietly intense solos are awe-inspiring. Leonhart and Stewart are also given ample room to stretch out and impress, as many of the tunes go over seven minutes. An instant classic and great for fans of straight ahead jazz!

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Ken Peplowski Quartet – Petite Fleur (2019) [Japan] SACD ISO + FLAC

Ken Peplowski Quartet – Petite Fleur (2019) [Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:04 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,62 GB
or FLAC Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,46 GB

The Ken Peplowski quartet, consisting of Olel Kock Hansen, Hans Backenroth and Kristian Leth, perform eight jazz tunes including “Blue Bossa”, “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”, and “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life”.

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Nicki Parrott and Ken Peplowski – Like A Lover (2011) [Japan 2015] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Nicki Parrott and Ken Peplowski – Like A Lover (2011) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:26 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,31 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,11 GB
Genre: Jazz

On “Like a Lover,” two of Venus Records’ most popular jazz musicians got together for an excellent duo album. New York-based Australian singer/bassist Nicki Parrott and clarinet/tenor sax player Ken Peplowski are chief voices of their craftt. Both musicians bring something new to the music on this album thanks to their inventiveness. It’s easy to see that Parrott and Peplowski’s characteristics are superbly matched. The album is a collection of outstanding love songs that consist of mostly standards along with a few Lennon/McCartney tracks.

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Ken Peplowski Quartet – When You Wish Upon A Star (2007) [Japan 2015] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Ken Peplowski Quartet – When You Wish Upon A Star <Clarinet Version> (2007) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 66:13 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,69 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,28 GB
Genre: Jazz

Ken Peplowski has become a household name in Japan, where Venus Records has released no less than three of his albums in recent years. On this release, the arrangements are varied, so the album doesn’t feel monotonous. There are two versions of this album. One where Ken Peplowski plays the songs on tenor saxophone and another where he plays the songs on clarinet. This is the release where he plays clarinet. Peplowski’s clarinet sounds are warm, attractive, and eloquent, while still rooted in the jazz tradition. His playing is so expressive that it’s possible to almost hear the lyrics of each song when he plays the melody.

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Ken Peplowski Quartet – Memories Of You, Vol.2 (2006) [Japan 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Ken Peplowski Quartet – Memories Of You, Vol.2 (2006) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:37 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,69 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 846 MB
Genre: Jazz

He was a great actor, but the Ken Peplows Quartet thought Charlie Chaplin made a pretty decent song composer too, making Track 3 on Memories Of You Vol. 2 a rendition of “Smile,” of which the lyrics tell the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile. Chaplin isn’t the only musician honored on Vol. 2. George Gershwin, Michel Legrend, Eubie Blake and Raymond Hubbell are too recognized, hand-picked by the Quartet to pay tribute to in the remainder of the album’s tracks. The cream of the crop is his warm interpretation of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lotus Blossom”. This set is perfect for late-night listening.

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Ken Peplowski Quartet – Memories Of You, Vol.1 (2006) [Japan 2014] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Ken Peplowski Quartet – Memories Of You, Vol.1 (2006) [Japan 2014]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:42 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,74 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 868 MB
Genre: Jazz

While well known amongst serious jazz fans in the U.S., the talented Ken Peplowski had been relatively unknown in Japan, until Tetsuo Hara of Venus Records introduced him with the smash hit “Memories of You” in 2006. It received not only the Gold Disc recognition, but was also awarded the Best Engineered Album in 2006 by Swing Journal. Its audiophile credentials were further enhanced when Jazz Critique Magazine chose it as the Third Best Sounding Jazz Disc of 2006.

Ken Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges, and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues. In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”; in March, Ken was also given a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC honoring him for “his matchless musical achievements”.

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Ken Peplowski Gypsy Jazz Band – Gypsy Lament (2008) [Japan 2015] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Ken Peplowski Gypsy Jazz Band – Gypsy Lament (2008) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:25 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,42 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,21 GB
Genre: Jazz

Ken Peplowski has long shown interest in a number of different jazz styles, but this album is his first strictly Gypsy swing session. Recruiting two of the most versatile guitarists for the date, Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, veterans Frank Tate on bass and Chuck Redd on drums, and the promising young violinist Aaron Weinstein (on selected tracks), Peplowski alternates between tenor sax and clarinet, covering a set list that is mostly drawn from the Quintet of the Hot Club of France and postwar Django Reinhardt records. The reed player showcases both instruments in his delightful take of “Please,” overlapping them in spots via overdubbing. Peplowski takes a back seat to the two guitarists in “Nuages,” with Pizzarelli taking the opening solo (easily identified by anyone who has heard him play this standard in person) and Alden following the leader’s feature. Weinstein takes part in the chugging “Minor Swing,” sounding very mature for his tender years. “Anouman” is one of Reinhardt’s gems from near the end of his life; surprisingly, it is infrequently performed. Peplowski’s lyrical, spacious clarinet is a highlight of this moving rendition.

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