The Bruce Katz Band

Three Feet Off The Ground

AudioQuest Music AQ-CD1056

Bruce Katz, Hammond B3 organ and piano; Julian Kasper, guitar; Blake Newman, acoustic bass; Ralph Rosen, drums; Duke Robillard, guitar.

Bruce Katz comments in the liner notes that when he is playing the Hammond B3 he feels all energy, no gravity and that is what he demonstrates on the first cut, "Beef Jerky." It is a resounding effort on the organ with jazzy roots fervor. The second cut is the one that grabs you-"In The Shadow" is a slow blues and swings, starting off with great tinkling piano and Duke Robillard on guitar. The title cut, "Three Feet Off The Ground" has a boogie-woogie flavor with a good acoustic slapping bass and backbeat. "You're It" has some interesting quirky percussive piano effects and slide guitar. "Jet Lag" has a jazzy flavor with Duke Robillard on guitar. The final cut, "Switchin'," is a rollicking ending with Bruce Katz swinging and swaying on the Hammond B3. I like the dynamics of this CD-it is a unique instrumental blend of blues and rockabilly with some Jazz thrown in for good measure by a group of very talented, accomplished musicians.

by Dorothy Hill

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