Ken Peplowski is one of the top mainstream tenor saxophonists and clarinetists of his generation, an equal master of bop, swing, and post-bop. He's joined on this session by pianist Ted Rosenthal (a fine leader himself and Gerry Mulligan's last pianist), bassist Gary Mazzaroppi (a first-call sideman for Marian McPartland for many years), and veteran drummer Jeff Brillinger. Opening with his robust yet melodic tenor in "Memories of You," he easily shifts gears to clarinet for a waltzing treatment of "I'll Be Seeing You," with a hint of Benny Goodman in his playing. Back on tenor, Peplowski's gentle bossa nova setting of Roland Kirk's "Bright Moments" almost whispers. It is a shame that Duke Ellington never heard Peplowski on clarinet, as he channels Jimmy Hamilton with his lyrical setting of "In a Sentimental Mood." Ken Peplowski has never made a disappointing album, and his fans will be delighted with this fine effort and its companion second volume.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden