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November 15, 2009


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Red Colm O'Sullivan

I'm really truly very touched at the way you remember and describe Mr. Katz. He's on so very many of my particularly favourite records - Benny Carter's "Central City Sketches", the O.P. big band of course, Jay & Kai, great Konitz things, Ruby Braff: you name it.
When I had the opportunity to meet him it was like having my record collection come to life. And he struck me as being the most wonderful man. What a life he led. As I say - your remembrances are touching, important and very welcome.


Much as I love Shorty Rogers, I agree with you that he recorded some real dogs, of which "Meets Tarzan" is not. It really is the soundtrack to what is reputed to be the worst pre-Bo Derek Tarzan. But don't laugh. It's a totally swinging big-band date along the lines of and up to the standards of "Afro-CubanInfluence." Not to be missed...and it just came out on CD.


Two albums that Katz recorded for Reservoir records in the mid 90s (trio & quintet) are outstanding! The rapport between Katz and Ben Riley on both of these is marvelous. The Konitz "Peacmeal" album is a very interesting and unusual album, with things like Dick's jazz arrangements of Bartok.

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