Joel Frahm and Bruce Katz: Project A (2009)
At a CD release engagement at New York City's Jazz Standard in August, 2009, the band delivered an energetic performance of mostly album material. "The House That Jack Built" is rollicking, featuring both Frahm and Katz with powerful solos. A fine example of the latter's distinctive playing is found on Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With," his warm tone singing the lyric. Vitarello makes a notable impact on "It Ain't Fair" and "Rock Steady" but Katz is a force throughout, on either of his instruments. He can be bluesy, gritty and lyricalat times all in the same song. One of the outstanding performances (both on the CD and live) is "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," the rhythm evocative of the drumbeat played at New Orleans funerals. It is a joyous celebration of Cajun and gospel emphasized by both drummers' contributions.
Track Listing: The House That Jack Built; Love The One You're With; Don't Play That Song; Spirit In The Dark; It Ain't Fair; Maybe I'm A Fool; What A Friend We Have In Jesus; Rock Steady; Packing Up, Ready To Go.
Personnel: Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone; Bruce Katz: piano.B3 organ, Wurlitzer; Chris Vitarello: guitar; Marty Ballou: acoustic bass; Jerry Jemmott: electric bass; Lorne Entress: drums; Ralph Rosen: drums; Jay Collins: baritone saxophone; Kenny Rampton: trumpet.
Record Label: Anzic Records