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Darrell Katz & OddSong: Galeanthropolgy

Read "Galeanthropolgy" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


OddSong is a chamber ensemble led by composer Darrell Katz, and distilled from the membership of the larger JCA Orchestra. It features vibraphone, violin, saxophones and voice, on music which veers between art songs and bluesy sax-led jazz tunes. Most of Katz's original compositions on this album feature poems by his late wife, poet Paula Tatarunis, ...

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Galeanthropolgy

Label: JCA Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Flotsametrics; Guiding Narrative; Women Talking; Outta Horn; Galeanthropology; I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger; Sweet Baby James; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love; Belly Button Window; Error Status; The Red Blues; I've Got It Bad and that Ain't Good; Microtonal/Dirty Water; New Prayer.

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The JCA Orchestra: Live At The BPC

Read "Live At The BPC" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The JCA Orchestra has been an important part of the Boston jazz scene since it formed in 1985. Several of its recordings are dominated by the compositions of its leader, Darrell Katz, but this live concert from the Berklee Performance Center features works by several orchestra members other than Katz and gives a fuller picture of ...

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Live At The BPC

Label: JCA Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Romanpole; The Latest; The Sixth Snake; Orange, Yellow, Blue; A Wallflower in the Amazon; Super Eyes - Private Heroes.

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Darrell Katz: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La bostoniana Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra è un ampio organico diretto da Darrell Katz e composto da musicisti legati a vario titolo con il New England Conservatory e il Berklee College of Music. Nei suoi trent'anni di attività ha pubblicato una decina di album caratterizzati dal coniugare entro forme compositive complesse e rigorose (con molti ...

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Rats Live on No Evil Star

Label: JCA Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: Rats Live On No Evil Star; How To Clean a Sewer: Three Or Four Kinds Of Blues / Winndfall Lemons / Attention; To An Angel; Prelude / Hiro Runs The Devil Down; The Red Dog Blues; Red Sea.

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Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Jack Bowers


It's a pretty sure bet that appraising any album whose title is also a palindrome isn't going to be a stroll in the park, even more so when the orchestra in question is the Jazz Composers Alliance (rule of thumb: the longer the name, the more abstruse the music) and the instrumentation includes voice, marimba, EWI, ...

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Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Listening to Darrell Katz's music, it boggles the mind that he is not celebrated as one of the best jazz composers-arrangers around. He has been creating ambitious and accessible works full of humor, social conscience and creativity for decades in the Boston area with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and other groups, yet you rarely hear ...

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To An Angel

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Label: JCA Recordings
Released: 2018
Duration: 7:14


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