Bruce Katz Band "A Deeper Blue" Severn Records
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The organ/piano playing Bruce Katz has a fine pedigree including stints with Ronnie Earl (who appears on 2 tracks here), Barrence Whitfield, Johnny Adams and Bo Diddley to name a few, so it comes as no surprise that this album is a mature slice of smokin jazzy blues.

"Greasy Sticks" is an expected but superbly played shuffle while band guitarist Michael Williams adds guitar on the piano led, atmospheric deep blues, of the suitably titled “The Dark Room”” - a number that allows Bruce to impress on some delicately toned piano clusters, while Michael weaves in and out with some suitably delicate guitar lines.

Ronnie Earl pops up with a trebly tone on the guitar led shuffle “Yeah Maybe”, and somehow adds a tougher and more edgy tone to his mid number solo, while the bands swings effortlessly behind him. Ronnie returns for a tougher outing on the harder edged and hugely impressive “Blues In D Natural”

There’s cool jazz, with a lovely B3 outing over a walking bass and fine guitar parts on “Poptop”, a rare New Orleans feel on “The Stroll”, some goodtime boogie on the “Stovepipe Boogie” and a late night bluesy atmosphere on “Slinky”.

Whichever way you look there is great playing, a measured sense of dynamics, and tone colour in abundance. In short nothing less than you would expect from muso’s with such pedigree, the trick as Bruce effortlessly demonstrates is in keeping it all interesting!

Here are some clips from A Deeper Blue :
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The Dark Room
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Blues In D Natural
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The Stroll
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"A Deeper Blue" was number 6 in the March 2005 playlist

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