Kenny Davern & Ken Peplowski: Careless Love
The Jazz KENnection (Arbors ARCD-19246)
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
While the two reed players are the focal point of this session it sounds much like a group effort. Bunch plays a journeyman intro leading right into Poplowski’s solo. Alden follows and keeping with the protocol established by his predecessors solos around the melody more than anything else. From the ground up the late, great DeNicola not only anchors the ensemble as great drummers do, but does so much more than keep time. Cohen gets a solo turn, massaging the melody thru the blues lens and then the piece breaks down to a wonderful trio for part of Davern’s solo with the rest of the rhythm section fading up for the final intertwining from clarinet and alto.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy