Fred Kaplan

Signifyin'

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What's puzzling is why it's taken years for Kaplan to release a solo challenge. After all, he is a member of the Hollywood Fats Band, and has supported some of the cream of the crop of the Southern California blues scene -- James Harman, William Clarke, Junior Watson, and Robert Lucas. Could it be he shies away from front stage glory, and instead uses his hands to speak on the ivories? Even with the generous solo space granted on this release, he remains humble and prefers to praise his mentor, Lloyd Glenn and the Almighty. No meat by-products and cereal fillers here -- great rib-stickin, ' back-to-basics piano blues are featured here.

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