With today's worldwide dogmatic and nationalistic divisiveness, Katz' pluralistic view on spirituality is refreshing and timely. "Beyond religion there is God. The great Gregory, from whom you got the Gregorian chant said to define God is impossible. I have always believed that. Behind every dogma, there is that one unexplainable moment that creates every other unexplainable moment and the idea is not to understand it but to be moved by that mystery. For me it is the Hebraic moment, for other people it is the Christian moment, for others it is the Islamic moment. That is why that I think when Jesus said I have a house of many mansions, what does he mean? Many different kinds of ways of looking. At this moment that is what I believe. Maybe when I hang up I'll change my mind."
At the age of 88, Fred Katz carries on today as a consummate Renaissance man. Philosopher, anthropologist, composer and musician, he continues to produce new works, expressing his creativity through innovation and playing his beloved cello and piano. In the process, he shares those wonderful unexplainable moments with all who take the time to listen.
Chico HamiltonThe Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings (Pacific Jazz-Mosaic, 1954-59)
Ken NordineWord Jazz/Son of Word Jazz (Dot-Rhino/London, 1957)
Fred KatzSoul-o-cello (Decca, 1957)
Fred KatzFolk Songs for Far Out Folk (Warner Bros.-Reboot Stereophonic, 1958)
Fred Katz4-5-6 Trio (Decca, 1958)
Fred KatzAnd His Jammers (Decca, 1958)