The Jazz KENnection

The Jazz KENnection

by Kenny DavernKenny Davern


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Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski play old-fashioned jazz the way it should be played -- so it doesn’t sound old-fashioned. Most of this material was written at least 60 years ago, but you wouldn’t know it from Davern’s soaring, strutting clarinet or Peplowski’s reedy, cakewalking alto. The standards on the menu range from the hopping ‘20s-style Dixieland of “I’m Satisfied with My Gal” and “A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid” to smooth and mellow renditions of “Georgia on My Mind” and “All of Me.” There’s even a little early Ellington, represented by a version of the classic “Creole Love Call” that just seems to grin and strut and tip its hat before breaking into an oh-so-slow and lovely piano solo by John Bunch. Speaking of that, the two Kens are generous with solo opportunities -- in addition to Bunch, Howard Alden steals the show repeatedly with crisp, fleet guitar work. But the high points arrive when the Kens take off together in true Dixieland steeplechase style, as in “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” and “Chicago Rhythm,” where they weave and dodge and tease and wail up and down the scales, trading lines and ideas and generally having marvelous time. In the process they make this great old music sound fresh all over again.

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Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941124620
catalogNumber: 19246
Rank: 104358

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