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High Standards

by Ron Kaplan

Ron Kaplan's musical style is reminiscent of the great jazz vocalists of the 1950's.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. A Night in Tunisia
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2. Summertime
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3. Dindi
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4. My Favorite Things
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5. When I Fall In Love
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6. Born To Be Blue
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7. Angel Eyes
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8. Song For My Father
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9. Autumn Leaves
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10. Senor Blues
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11. Lazy Afternoon
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California native Ron Kaplan's musical style is reminiscent of the great jazz vocalists of the 1950's. Critics note his sophisticated phrasing, tone and diction. They also recognize his ability to get to the heart of the song with his own mark of musicianship.
..."Kaplan phrases with sophisticated ease at any tempo." JazzTimes Magazine.
"...the heart and sould of a mature vocalist and leader". Jazz Improv Magazine.
Ron Kaplan is available for concerts, festivals, and special events as guest artist or with ensemble.
To learn more about Ron Kaplan visit www.ronkaplan.com


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Dan Singer In Tune International Singer's Singers

Ultimate phrasing and superior mood setting frequently abounds
What you have here is one of the most original singers to come along in quite some time from the jazz singing school of Mark Murphy and Tony Bennett polished off with some unique and handy swinging. This ten song varied program of jazz and popular standards has much to offer. His most fanciful and swift 'take no prisoner's' rendition of Heyward and Gershwin's "Summertime" swings to and fro up and down the scales. On the ballad side you simply must hear the seldom performed but very well suited for Ron, Torme/Wells "Born To Be Blue". superior mood setting frequently abounds. "Angel Eyes" (Dennis/Brent) conjures up a deep, profound tale of loss. It's a song that should only be sung by an experienced 'been there done that' singer of songs. There is no slick unfeeling way to satisfactorily do this masterpiece. Ron has another CD called "Lounging Around" also on Kapland.

Frank Rubolino Cadence

Jazz classics with flair and a lot of heart
On his appropriately titled album Kaplan sings 11 standards or Jazz classics with flair and a lot of heart. Backed by a piano trio on seven selections and an expanded group on the others that includes either McCaslin or Contos on tenor, Kaplan wends his way through the popular material by adding a classy touch and a taste of soul. Kaplan's voice is smooth in the Mel Torme sense of the term, and he has a similar pinch of verve to add spice to the songs. Although Kaplan does not deviate substantially from the prescribed melody, his accompanying musicians do. The result is a very pleasant balance between melody and improvisation that gives the recording much of its appeal. For deviation, he sings alternate lyrics to Silvers 'Song for My Father' that appear more appropriate than the more familiar version. Pianist Dobson takes the lead during the vocal breaks and stretches the tune's perimeters while Poplin and Robertson spur him on. When the tenor players enter, the pieces take on added dash.
Kaplan can be linked to the vocalist of the past who merged the Jazz esthetic with the melodic popular element to produce music that appealed to both camps. His light-handed approach and easy singing style are qualities that make him a very likeable commodity. He has chosen to drive along a well-traveled road, yet he produces music that has you singing along with his lyrics or grooving with the instrumental parts. His direction cannot be faulted.