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  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00000JCRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ken Peplowski's tribute to Benny Goodman, Last Swing of the Century, will delight listeners who think of the great clarinetist and bandleader before they think of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy when someone mentions the word swing. Recorded live in Japan on the last night of a 15-concert tour in 1998, this is classic swing at its finest, with Peplowski and a 13-piece big band tearing through classic arrangements written for the Goodman Orchestra by greats like Fletcher Henderson and others. Peplowski succeeds in bringing this music to life, with each of these 16 tunes remaining faithful to the original versions but still allowing the soloists plenty of creative leeway to make this material their own. The top-caliber musicians (several of whom were members of Goodman's Orchestra at one time or another) do the formidable material justice. Highlights include Rickey Woodard's tenor sax solo on the hard-charging "King Porter Stomp" and Frank Vignola's astounding guitar playing on a duet performance of "China Boy" with Peplowski. But it's Peplowski, of course, with the biggest shoes to fill, and he responds to the challenge with vigor, sounding beautifully melodic on "Restless" and bursting with energy on "Don't Be That Way." --Ezra Gale

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
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I will admit that the first two times through Ken's tribute to BG I was a bit disconcerted. It was a little like hearing Barbra Streisand sing "Over The Rainbow." By the third time, I was hooked. This is a terrific album, with great musicianship all around. By allowing individual creativity on the part of all the soloists, Ken has managed to maitain the integrity of the arrangments while instilling a breath of frresh air into some material that has been around quite a while. His treatment of the three small-group pieces, "Moonglow," "Memories of You," and "China Boy," are worth the price of the album. Great job, Ken, Benny would be pleased.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
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Okay...okay...we all know from Ken Peplowski's past releases that here is a musician that isn't content to rest on his laurels. But Peps!...you're killing me here! How can this guy keep topping himself? If you would like to hear what Benny Goodman would be doing with the clarinet if he was alive today, give this a listen. I just have to wonder...what will Mr. Peplowski's next CD sound like? And, is it possible that he can achieve any higher level of skill on this difficult instrument. Swing never sounded so good!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
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I've been a Benny Goodman fan since 1969. I'd almost forgotten how great Fletcher Henderson's arrangements are. Ken Peplowski is a spooky sound and style clone, but with his own personal touches--very tasty. But, on this album his other soloists are disappointing. (The exception is the pianist, who doesn't get nearly enough chance to show off.) None matches Ken's energy, accuracy and ideas. Several are out of tune, behind the beat and "blatty"--a sign of a very tired wind player. The band is pretty tight and clean, but he might have held out for better live tracks. This album inspired me to buy more, but of BG's, not Ken's.
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I found this at an estate sale recently. For less than a dollar. Mint condition. Never heard of the artist, but I like Benny Goodman and his band members and arrangers. These are Goodman's arrangements but with the imaginative contributions of the current players. Great driving music, worth repeat listening, and a lot of tracks on here as well. You'll have to pay more than I did, but it will be worth it.
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Clarinetist Ken Peplowski leads an all-star big band in a hard-driving set of classic Benny Goodman music recorded live in Tokyo. This does not sound like a stale tribute; indeed, the musicians seem genuinely invigorated by this music, the audience is appreciative, the engineers did a good job, and the end result is a CD that will delight those who still enjoy the music of the Swing Era.
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