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Lounging Around

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. Here's That Rainy Day
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2. Blues In The Night
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3. Cry Me A River
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4. I Surrender Dear
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5. How Insensitive
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6. Just One Of Those Things
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7. Caravan
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8. No One Ever Tells You
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9. Moanin'
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10. In The Wee Small Hours
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11. What A Wonderful World
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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 soul 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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Eric Nemeyer

Ron Kaplan has impeccable taste
Some artists create albums for their own enjoyment. Some artists create recordings for the apparent purpose of showing off their incredible technique to impress listeners, record executives and anyone they can get to lend an ear. Ron Kaplan is different. Ron Kaplan has impeccable taste. It's quite evident that Kaplan's second self-produced recording, Lounging Around is sensitively put together for the listener's enjoyment.
Kaplan has chosen a set of eleven appealing songs from the repertoire of Great American standards and jazz tunes.
Kaplan opens the set with a relaxed rendition of the Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen classic, "Here's That Rainy Day," as a bossa nova. Kaplan has a distinctive and identifiable sound that is quite evident here. Donny McCaslin, a standout among today's active young tenor sax players, contributes a sparkling solo.
Kaplan employs some short, playful and apropos sound effects on this album. On "Here's That Rainy Day" the music is preceded with the sound of rain in the background; and you'll hear the sound of a whistle from a train chugging along, during the night, somewhere down the track, as the opening to "Blues In The Night."
On "Blues in The Night" Kaplan's intimate and elegant sound is tantalizingly supported by the down-home textures of Steve Czarnecki on Hammond B-3, and Larry Scala on guitar
Next up is an Antonio Carlos Jobim favorite, "How Insensitive." In the distance, you hear the echo of a lonely muted trumpet, out of tempo, playing a pensive cadenza--hinting at the sadness of the upcoming lyric. The rhythm section enters gracefully and--unexpectedly for this listener provides Kaplan with an up-tempo samba groove. Kaplan delivers. Kaplan deftly communicates the mood and emotion of the lyric, which is all about the heartfelt end of a love affair.
Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" is a medium up-tempo groover. A catchy introduction by McCaslin on tenor also serves as the jumping off point for his in-the-pocket solo. This track is just right for Kaplan. Just the right tempo, the tune gives Kaplan the right space to demonstrate his ability to swing.
"Caravan," the classic by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, opens with a tango-like ostinato bass line. The other accompanists enter gently, and are shortly followed by Kaplan's smooth entrance, bringing the song and the players into focus. Tenor saxophonist McCaslin and Scala on guitar follow with tasteful solos.
Kaplan's pensive rendition of "In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning" is captivating. Accompanied during the first chorus by solo guitar, this performance is an example of Kaplan's most sensitive and thoughtful work. Kaplan. Metheny and Scala fit together ideally to make magic on this one. Matheny's flugelhorn solo is debonair.
Some artists use diversity to anthologize themselves and prove that they can be everything to everybody. employs diversity for the benefit of the listener, and Lounging Around is an example of the use of diversity to personalize this album to please the listener

James D. Armstrong Jr

Solid grooves on time-honored blowing vehicles and precision lyric delivery
Aptos, California-based vocalist Ron Kaplan provides highly respectable interpretations of familiar standards in this ambitious, self-produced session, including "Blues in the Night", "Just One of Those Things", and "Caravan". Kaplan eschews vocal improvisation in favor of precision lyric delivery, with support from some of the San Francisco Bay Area's best instrumentalists, including Dmitri Matheny. Don't expect any Earth-shattering harmonic revelations here, just solid grooves on time-honored blowing vehicles.

Johnny Adams "And All That Jazz©"

Kaplan's fans should be pleased with all of the selections
I have always maintained that the Monterey Bay Area has been blessed with talent. I would like to add to the list Ron Kaplan, in Aptos. Everything about this release is thoroughly professional, and Kaplan's fans should be pleased with all of the selections. If I were you, I would go out of my way to hear this vocalist at a club or concert. Kaplan is one who is not afraid to tackle great standards such as Here's That Rainy Day, I Surrender Dear, Just One of Those Things, and eight others. Moreover, his accompaniment is ideal. It consists of guitar, drums, bass, tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, and the hammond organ. So it is rather obvious that Kaplan has a lot going for him in front, as they say. His range, both as a performer and in his choice of material, is given a good display in this set. Aside from the flexibility of his voice and the insight with which he uses it, Kaplan's performances are driven along by the potency of the musicians behind. This is another attempt to keep real music alive and Kaplan has done just that.