Penn's Landing, Clarence Penn's debut recording, received copious critical accolades, including a Year's Ten Best from the "New York Times".
On Play Penn, his follow-up, Penn augments the two-horn (Ron Blake, tenor sax; John Swana, trumpet) - two rhythm (Rodney Whitaker, bass; Penn, drums) with Monk Award winner, Dutch guitarist Jesse Van Ruller.
They match the level of the previous record, traversing with incessant swing a broad range of tempos, textures and emotions.
|1.||Teo (Thelonious Monk) 6:57|
|2.||Grace-Ann (Ron Blake) 5:03|
|3.||You Must Believe In Spring (Michel Legrand) 9:40|
|4.||Blues For Paris (Clarence Penn) 6:35|
|5.||The Charm (Bob Hallahan) 6:11|
|6.||Consistent-Seay (Clarence Penn) 5:07|
|7.||Red Alert (John Swana) 8:26|
|8.||Essence (Rodney Whitaker) 8:43|
|9.||Preston's Theme (Clarence Penn) 10:26|
Total Time: 67:45
Recorded January 19, 2001 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Bolleman