Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cathexis - Denny Zeitlin '64

Zeitlin has one of the more unusual "day gigs" for a jazz musician: he's a psychiatrist. Zeitlin's parents were involved in both music and medicine. They started him on the piano at age two; he continued to study classical music while in elementary school, then began playing jazz in high school. Zeitlin began playing professionally in and around his hometown of Chicago as a teenager. In college, he studied composition and theory with George Russell, Alexander Tcherepnin, and Robert Muczynski while simultaneously pursuing studies in medicine. While a student at Columbia University in New York City, Zeitlin auditioned for the legendary producer/talent scout John Hammond; Hammond was sufficiently impressed to produce several records by Zeitlin in the '60s.
After receiving his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1964, Zeitlin relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked as both a psychiatrist and musician; one of his trios in the mid-'60s included the bassist Charlie Haden. Zeitlin began experimenting with the prepared piano in the late '60s, which led to an interest in electronic keyboards. He quit playing in public for a time while developing his music further, re-emerging in the '70s playing a style that combined electronics with elements of jazz, classical, and rock. Zeitlin would go on to compose for film and television. His most notable soundtrack was written for director Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake of the sci-fi classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers; he's also written original music for the children's program Sesame Street. Zeitlin has played with a great many prominent musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, David Grisman, Paul Winter, and Joe Henderson. Zeitlin has recorded for Concord Records as part of their Live at Maybeck Recital Hall series of solo and duo performances. His albums are also available on the Intuition and Summit labels. Zeitlin has combined his professional interests in the form of a lecture-demonstration entitled "Unlocking the Creative Impulse : the Psychology of Improvisation," which he's presented across the U.S. and Europe.
Chris Kelsey

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Denny Zeitlin


1 Repeat (Zeitlin)  3:17
2 I-Thou (Zeitlin)  5:55
3 Stonehenge (Zeitlin)  5:15
4 Soon (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:12
5 Nica's Tempo (Gryce)  5:55
6 Cathexis (Zeitlin)  2:25
7 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  5:35
8 Little Children don't go near that House (Zeitlin)  4:02
9 Blue Phoenix (Zeitlin)  15:26


Denny Zeitlin - p
Cecil McBee - b
Frederick Waits - dr

Recorded in New York City ; [# 1, 3, 4 & 9] March 6 & February 19, [# 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8] 1964


Lalo said...

Amazing (and completely unknown for me till today)

Thanks so much for sharing

Philo said...

I've heard a few Denny Zeitlin albums but this is new to me. Very enjoyable music. A fine post.

Rafaelian said...

This is one of those albums I return to every now and then... I've been looking for his next two: Carnival & Zeitgeist, for quite some time, without any success... By any chance, do you have them among your massive (and well-chosen) collection, Mel? THANKS anyway!

dewhy said...

Not just another piano trio album. You'll come back to this one again and again...if anyone was truly "competition" to the Evans trio at the time, this was it.
What playing!

Lexman said...

thanks very curious about the man and his music!!

rintesh said...

Thanks a lot for putting this up. This album is of tremendous nostalgic value to me. During my early twenties when I was discovering Jazz music, I picked up this album on vinyl from a second-hand shop. I was just blown away by Zeitlin's playing! Thanks for taking me down the Memory Lane.

jazztap said...


Alex De Large said...

hi! thnx for the upload! but i would like to ask if it is possible to know the password for this file! thnx a lot Spyros from Greece

deGallo said...

New to me. Thank you.

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

danair said...

Thanks Mel for the reup on this one :)

Chris said...

thank mel great pianist and trio

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Completely new to me.

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel!

Brush&Stick said...

Thank you; great trio!

Olde Edo said...

Never heard of this performer before, so thank you for the opportunity to listen to this.