Fred Katz and His Music: Soulº Cello + 4-5-6 Trio + Fred Katz & His Jammers (3 LPs on 2 CDs)
  • Decca DL 9202 Decca DL 9202
  • Decca DL 9213 Decca DL 9213
  • Decca DL 9217 Decca DL 9217
  • Fred Katz Fred Katz

Fred Katz

Fred Katz and His Music: Soulº Cello + 4-5-6 Trio + Fred Katz & His Jammers (3 LPs on 2 CDs)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Fred Katz (cello), Don Fagerquist, Pete Candoli (tp), Paul Horn, Buddy Collette (saxes), Calvin Jackson (p), Gene Estes (vib), John Pisano, Billy Bean (g), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Chico Hamilton, Larry Bunker (d), Alexander Neiman, Irving Manning (violas)

Reference: FSRCD 744_2

Fred Katz (born February 25, 1919) is an American composer, songwriter, conductor, cellist, pianist, and professor. In jazz, a principal contribution of Katz has been, as Leonard Feather noted, to put the cello to full use both in arco and pizzicato solos. Oscar Pettiford had already indicated the considerable jazz potential of plucked (pizzicato) cello, but with Oscar, the instrument remained
secondary to his primary instrument, the bass. Katz was the first musician to utilize all of the cello in jazz as his chief instrument in that idiom.

Katz opinion about his own contribution can be glimpsed from his own statement: I would like to correct an impression about me that apparently is gaining some acceptance among jazz musicians and critics. That impression is that I am not basically a jazz musician. When they say my music isnt jazz, my answer is, what composition are they talking about? Im not concerned with conforming to anybodys concept of what they would like to hear. With all that is in me, Im trying to write music in the universal sense. If sometimes a jazz phrase makes sense in a composition, Ill write it.


Tracklisting:

CD 1

01. Country Gardens (Grainger) 2:46
02. Satori (Fred Katz) 3:44
03. Andante (Luther Henderson) 2:36
04. Circus (Alter-Russell) 3:20
05. Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional) 2:30
06. Time After Time (Styne-Cahn) 3:51
07. The Vidiot (Fred Katz) 2:05
08. Lament of the Oracles (Fred Katz) 3:49
09. Im Glad There Is You (Dorsey-Madeira) 3:09
10. The Toy That Never Was (atz) 3:33
11. Intermezzo (Heinz Prevost) 2:52
12. Come with Me (William Marx) 2:50
13. Symphony (Jack Lawrence-Alex Alstone) 2:54 (*) Bonus Track
14. While the Music Plays On (Fien-Mills-Heim) 4:22 (*) Bonus Track
15. Four, Five, Six (John Pisano) 3:46
16. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington-Parish-Mills) 4:15

CD 2

01. Isnt It Romantic (Rodgers-Hart) 2:39
02. Delia (Hal Gaylor) 4:41
03. Like Someone In Love (Burke-Van Heusen) 2:49
04. Krelch (Hal Gaylor) 3:24
05. Mountain Air (Fred Katz) 3:21
06. Perdido (Juan Tizol) 4:45
07. Im Gettin Sentimental Over You (Washington-Bassman) 5:29
08. Feeling the Blues (Leroy Vinnegar) 6:40
09. Elegy (Fred Katz) 2:30
10. Imagination (Burke-Van Heusen) 3:22
11. Vintage 57 (Vinnegar-Norris) 4:24
12. Old Folks (Robison-Hill) 4:51
13. The Blow Is to Know (Fred Katz) 4:31
14. Sometimes Im Happy (Youmans-Caesar) 4:38
15. Ruby My Dear (Thelonious Monk) 3:57
16. Dixie, Why Not? (Fred Katz) 4:08
17. Dexterity (Charlie Parker) 3:32


All tracks arranged and conducted by Fred Katz


Sources:

CD-1, tracks #1-12 from the album "Fred Katz and His Music - Soulº Cello" (Decca DL 9202)

CD-1, tracks #13 & 14 from the 12 album "Makin' It Johnny Pisano-Billy Bean" (Decca DL-9206)

The remaining 10 tracks of this album are available on FSRCD 736

CD-1, tracks #15 & 16 and CD-2, #1-7 from the 12 album "4-5-6 Trio" (Decca DL 9213)

CD-2, tracks #8-17 from the 12 album "Fred Katz and His Jammers" (Decca DL 9217)


Personnel:

Fred Katz, cello; Paul Horn, flute & clarinet; Calvin Jackson, piano; Ann Stockton, harp; John Pisano, guitar; Hal Gaylor, bass; Chico Hamilton, drums.
Decca Studios, Hollywood, January 15, 1958
Satori / Andante / Lament of the Oracles / Im Glad There Is You / The Toy That Never Was / Come With Me

Fred Katz, cello; Paul Horn, Buddy Collette, alto saxes; Harry Klee, Bill Green, flutes; Calvin Jackson, piano; John Pisano, guitar; Hal Gaylor, bass; Chico Hamilton, drums.
Decca Studios, Hollywood, January 22, 1958
Country Gardens / Circus / Wayfaring Stranger / Time After Time / The Vidiot / Intermezzo

Fred Katz, piano; Pisano, Billy Bean, guitars; Gene Estes, vibes; Gaylor, bass Larry Bunker, drums.
Decca Studios, January 24, 1958
Symphony

Calvin Jackson, piano; John Pisano, Billy Bean, guitars; Hal Gaylor, bass; Chico Hamilton, drums; Alexander Neiman, Irving Manning, violas; Raphael Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, cellos.
Decca Studios, January 30, 1958
While the Music Plays On

Fred Katz, cello; Pisano, guitar; Gaylor, bass.
Decca Studios, Hollywood, May 26, 1958
Four, Five, Six / Sophisticated Lady

Fred Katz, cello; Pisano, guitar; Gaylor, bass.
Decca Studios, Hollywood, May 26, 1958
Isnt It Romantic / Delia / Like Someone In Love / Krelch / Mountain Air / Perdido / Im Gettin Sentimental Over You

Fred Katz, cello; Don Fagerquist, trumpet; Gene Estes, vibes; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Lenny McBrowne, drums.
Decca Studios, Hollywood, March 12, 1959
Feeling the Blues / Imagination / The Blow Is to Know

Fred Katz, cello; Fagerquist, trumpet; Estes, vibes; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Billy Higgins, drums.
Decca Studios, Hollywood, May 26, 1959
Old Folks / Vintage 57 / Ruby My Dear

Fred Katz, cello; Pete Candoli, trumpet; Gene Estes, vibes; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; Frank Butler, drums.
Decca Studios, Hollywood, August 28, 1959
Sometimes Im Happy / Dixie, Why Not? / Dexterity / Elegy



Original recordings produced by Fred Katz

This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol


Mono / Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

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