One of the finest clarinetist of the past quarter century, Peplowski successfully straddles the fence between tradition and modernism. On "If This Isn’t Love," for instance, he opens with a medium tempo upper register lope that adheres closely to the melody, though with the kick supplied by drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Greg Cohen, and harmonics from pianist Ben Aronov, the tune takes a brisk and adventurous turn before song’s end. Aronov’s solo here is quick of wit and nimble of fingers, and Peplowski’s trading of fours with Nash is inspired. The following Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein vehicle, "Why Do I Love You" showcases Peplowski’s equally impressive tenor work. The original compositions from bassist Cohen ("Ataraxi") and pianist Aronov ("Marchons" and "Lament") are at least as impressive as the standards, and showcase another less conventional side of the quartet. The versions served here of Kurt Weill’s lushly romantic "My Ship" and the title cut, combined with "When You Wish Upon A Star," with a gorgeous extended piano solo and Peplowski’s breathy tenor, are highlights. The rare Billy Strayhorn piece, "Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters" is an exercise in utility. A well balanced and performed piece, it showcases clarinet, piano and rhythm to exquisite effect. The clarinet on "Good Morning Heartache" is heart-achingly tender and the medium tempo take on "People Will Say We’re in Love," with Peplowski on tenor, is well done. The closing number, Glen Gould’s "Piece #8 from ‘Benny’s Gig’" is a beatnik drums/walking bass/clarinet piece that seals the package with a smile. The dozen compositions assembled here create a beautifully presented set from an exceptional group of musicians.