Ken Peplowski: Variations
Ken Peplowski (clarinet)
Grenadilla (Concord 4809)
J.D. Parran (contrabass clarinet).
Composed by Greg Cohen.
Recorded: New York City, December 8 &10, 1997
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This “clarinet choir” recording is an interesting workout for these players. The composition is by Greg Cohen, the bassist on the date, who does not play on this performance. I’ve interviewed Cohen, and this piece makes sense knowing something about his background, particularly his studying of contemporary classical music in his youth. He told me Peplowski does all the improvising here with the rest of the ensemble following the script. Highlighting these reed timbres and their interaction creates a great sound that you won’t hear in a larger context.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy