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Album Review

Ron Kaplan has a pleasing voice, the ability to swing and his fairly basic improvising is sometimes reminiscent of Ernie Andrews and (from the female side) Ernestine Anderson, a slightly R&B-ish approach that can be soulful. The singer is assisted on this CD by pianist Smith Dobson, bassist Stan Poplin, drummer Steve Robertson, the impressive young tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin (for four of the 11 numbers), and by tenorman Paul Kontos on "Autumn Leaves." The problem with the release is that all of the songs (which include "Summertime," "Dindi," "My Favorite Things" and "Senor Blues") have been recorded many times before and, although enjoyable, Ron Kaplan's treatments are somewhat predictable and not exactly definitive. However, this is a generally enjoyable early effort by the promising singer.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Traditional pop singer Ron Kaplan was born in Hollywood, CA, the son of a professional trumpeter who played in jazz bands. His early influences were the pop singers of the 1950s, including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. His first instrument was the drums, although he later played piano and guitar. After studying at an acting workshop, he attended Valley College in Los Angeles, from which he graduated with an associate in arts degree in 1976. After college, he turned to songwriting and performing....
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