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Keyboardist Bruce Katz showcases his jazz-meets-blues chops on Deeper Blue. Featuring Katz on both the Hammond B-3 organ and piano, the results sound something like a progressive, post-bop jazz group heavily into early-period Ray Charles. Although Katz is the featured player here, the album plays more like a group effort with guitarists Ronnie Earl and Michael Williams coming front and center much of the time. To these ends, "(Why Don't You Just) Go Home!" is a quick and funky Medeski, Martin & Wood-style burner, "Greasy Sticks" is a suitably greasified shuffle, and "Slinky" is a menacing and atmospheric mid-tempo modern blues. Longtime Katz fans and listeners searching for some rootsy and intelligent improvisational music should find much to enjoy here.


Born: 19 August 1952

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Rarely does a musician display brilliant dexterity, coupled with sparks of creativity, equally in both blues and jazz. One such rare bird is Bruce Katz, who not only meets these characteristics, but excels in his understanding of the genres and unleashes the strongest assets of each. Best known as a member of Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Katz took up music at age five when he outperformed his sister at the classical pieces she was assigned for piano lessons. Discovering classic jazz and a Bessie...
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