Folk Songs For Far Out Folk

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Cellist Fred Katz is best remembered as a sideman with the Chico Hamilton Quintet, Paul Horn, and Pete Rugolo, though on this famous, long unavailable record of his own, he serves as conductor and arranger rather than player. Folk Songs for Far Out Folk consists of his tantalizing, imaginative adaptations of African, Hebrew, and American folk tunes. The musical cast varies with each group of selections. The three African songs, highlighted by the explosive "Mate'ka," include trumpeters Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist, and Irving Goodman, with a six-man percussion section that features Larry Bunker and Nat King Cole sideman Jack Costanzo. Four American songs include treatment of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Cellist Fred Katz is best remembered as a sideman with the Chico Hamilton Quintet, Paul Horn, and Pete Rugolo, though on this famous, long unavailable record of his own, he serves as conductor and arranger rather than player. Folk Songs for Far Out Folk consists of his tantalizing, imaginative adaptations of African, Hebrew, and American folk tunes. The musical cast varies with each group of selections. The three African songs, highlighted by the explosive "Mate'ka," include trumpeters Pete Candoli, Don Fagerquist, and Irving Goodman, with a six-man percussion section that features Larry Bunker and Nat King Cole sideman Jack Costanzo. Four American songs include treatment of "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" that alternates between brooding and upbeat cool, with vibraphonist Gene Estes, pianist Johnny Williams, and guitarist Billy Bean lending a hand. The two Hebrew songs focus on reeds exclusively excepting Mel Pollen's bass. The playful setting of "Ray's Nigun" showcases Justin Gordon on bass clarinet with Paul Horn and Buddy Collette providing whimsical accompaniment on flutes. This CD reissue by Reboot Stereophonic expands considerably on the original Warner Bros. LP, adding updated liner notes and photos of Katz in addition to reproducing the original notes and poetry that were part of the original package. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Idelsohn Society
  • UPC: 824247014428
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 156,102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Katz Primary Artist, Cello, Conductor
Paul Horn Flute, Alto Saxophone
Buddy Collette Flute
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen Trombone
Justin Gordon Bass Clarinet
Jerry Williams Drums
Billy Bean Guitar
Harry Betts Trombone
Larry Bunker Percussion
Jack Constanzo Percussion
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Gene Estes Percussion, Vibes
Irving Goodman Trumpet
Jules Jacobs Clarinet, Oboe
Mel Pollen Bass, Bass Guitar
George Roberts Trombone
Lou Singer Percussion
Carlos Mejía Percussion
Little George Smith Clarinet
Jerry Williams Drums
George Clinton Smith Clarinet
Johnny T. Williams Piano
Technical Credits
Fred Katz Author, Adaptation
Alvino Rey Producer, Audio Production
Gary Hobish Mastering
Josh Kun Liner Notes
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