Happy birthday to Fred Kaplan

Posted on: Sunday, Apr 23, 2006

My close friends will know that my all time favourite record is “Rocking the Boat” by The William Clarke Blues Band.

The piano player on that legendary record is the wonderful Fred Kaplan — born on 23 April 1954 in L.A. Happy birthday Fred. Mr. Kaplan has an amazing career and has featured on loads of great records under his own name and and as a sideman on other people’s records.

If Fred had only ever recorded one tune and that tune was “After Hours” from “Rocking the Boat” then he still would have made one of the best piano tracks ever. Despite his 80’s digital piano tone on that record, this tune is tremendous. Shame on you if you have never heard it.

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