Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dick Katz - Piano & Pen

A versatile pianist and arranger, Dick Katz has been responsible for many stimulating and memorable recordings through the years, often as an important sideman and/or producer. He studied at the Peabody Institute, the Manhattan School of Music, and Juilliard, in addition to taking piano lessons from Teddy Wilson. In the 1950s, he picked up important experience as a member of the house rhythm section of the Café Bohemia, with the groups of Ben Webster and Kenny Dorham, the Oscar Pettiford big band, and later with Carmen McRae. Katz was part of the popular J.J. Johnson/Kai Winding Quintet (1954-1955) and Orchestra USA and participated on Benny Carter's classic Further Definitions album. He has freelanced throughout much of his career and was a guiding force behind some of Helen Merrill's finest recordings. Katz, who played with Roy Eldridge and Lee Konitz starting in the late '60s, co-founded Milestone Records in 1966 with Orrin Keepnews. In the 1990s, Dick Katz worked both as a pianist and an arranger with the American Jazz Orchestra and Loren Schoenberg's big band. Unfortunately, he has not recorded all that frequently as a leader, cutting fairly obscure dates for Atlantic (1957 and 1959), BeeHive (1984), and Reservoir (1992), but the jazz world is well aware of his talents.
Scott Yanow

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Dick Katz
Piano & Pen


1 Timonium (Katz)  5:08
2 Aurora (Katz)  4:29
3 Duologue No. 1 (Katz)  4:32
4 Glad To Be Unhappy  (Rodgers, Hart)  4:44
5 Round Trip (Katz)  3:20
6 Afternoon In Paris (Lewis)  6:53
7 Ain't Misbehavin'  (Waller, Brooks, Razaf)  4:03
8 Scrapple From The Apple  (Parker)  4:34


[# 1, 3, 4 & 8]
Dick Katz - p & ldr
Chuck Wayne - g
Joe Benjamin - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 17, 1958
[# 2, 5-7]
Same as above ; except Jimmy Raney - g replaces Chuck Wayne
Recorded in New York City ; January 23, 1959 

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TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Very interesting title!!!

flyingfinger said...

No question, Chuck Wayne is one of my all-time top guitarists - many thanks for this!

Blue Eyes said...

Many thanks Melanchthon for this upgrade! (I've this one with a bad rip (track 06)

neil said...

Got this as a vinyl rip, so I think this will be an improvement; many thanks, mel...

fcapeau said...

What a pleasure to re-listen to Chuck Wayne and Joe Benjamin ! I had a vinyl copy, but of poor quality. A big thank you, Mel

Paco's brother said...

Merci pour tout cet excellent travail qui nous fait voyager dans cet univers de la musique choisie avec goût. Un regret: la vie est trop courte pour profiter pleinement de cette connaissance encyclopédique !

deGallo said...

Exceptional! Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Melanchthon said...

musician3 said...

AMAZING...................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Anonymous said...

Dick Katz - Hero of my youth! Thanks Mel!

Pee said...

Totally new to me, thanks Mel!