Content by tag "Fred Katz"

ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

As the years progressed in the 1950s, a growing number of movies began to feature jazz-flavored scores. Film music's shift to a more contemporary feel was being expressed in virtually all areas of art and design. Starting roughly mid-decade, sleek modernism took hold in architecture, car design, home furnishings and even office furniture as prefabrication, glass, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ballake Sissoko / Vincent Segal: Chamber Music

Read "Chamber Music" reviewed by Chris May

Until quite recently, the kora was a curiosity which generally required the bracketed explanation (a 16 or 21 string West African harp) when referred to in print. Today, with “world music" part of the cultural mainstream, the instrument is almost commonplace. More so, in jazz anyway, than the cello (a four string viol pitched above a ...

John Williams' Jazz

Read "John Williams' Jazz" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The idea for this edition of Old, New, Borrowed and Blue isn't new. The seeds were actually sown with an experience I had a few years back. About four years ago, I was writing for a different jazz publication and I received a package of recordings in the mail. This parcel contained the usual mixture of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gato Barbieri: In Search of the Mystery

Read "In Search of the Mystery" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Argentinean reed man Gato Barbieri began his career in the 1960s, looking to establish a voice that separated him from his native musical language. Having recorded twice in bands led by his mentor, trumpeter Don Cherry, in Paris and with Italian pianist Giorgio Gaslini's large ensemble in Milan prior to this recording, Barbieri decided to go ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Chico Hamilton: Now and Then

Read "Chico Hamilton: Now and Then" reviewed by Joel Roberts







Chico Hamilton
Twelve Tones of Love
Joyous Shout
2009

The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet
Complete Studio Recordings
Fresh Sound
2009



It would be a huge understatement simply to say that ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Chico Hamilton: Joyous Shout

Read "Chico Hamilton: Joyous Shout" reviewed by Donald Elfman

When Chico Hamilton was a boy growing up in Los Angeles, the film studios used to send trucks out to pick up the little African-American children to play natives in their Tarzan movies. “It was work, after all, and we got paid for it," says the drummer, now 87 years of age. “And what you learned ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Katz: Folk Songs For Far Out Folk

Read "Folk Songs For Far Out Folk" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Cellist Fred Katz has indeed led a fascinating life. His primary contribution to jazz music was as cellist for the influential Chico Hamilton Quartet of the mid-to-late 1950s. Katz, who studied under Pablo Casals, would leave Hamilton and never return to jazz again. He did release a handful of albums under his own name, and perhaps ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Katz: Folk Songs for Far Out Folk

Read "Folk Songs for Far Out Folk" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Folk Songs for Far Out Folk di Fred Katz rappresenta una delle riedizioni più significative dell'anno, per ragioni sia storiche che musicali. Grazie all'etichetta Reboot Stereophonic, esce per la prima volta su CD un album inciso quasi mezzo secolo fa ad Hollywood, nella fase finale del West Coast Jazz. L'album, sconosciuto ai più, è rimasto sepolto negli archivi della Warner ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Katz: Folk Songs for Far Out Folks

Read "Folk Songs for Far Out Folks" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Cellist and composer Fred Katz is an extraordinary character. He studied cello with Pablo Casals, introduced the cello to the jazz world as a member in the Chico Hamilton Quartet and recorded solo jazz albums. He's also inspired and influenced many musicians, such as another forward-thinking cellist, Fred Lonberg-Holm, who dedicated his A Valentine for Fred ...