Bruce Katz review…Dec. 15, 2014…

BRUCE KATZ

HOMECOMING

AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC  ASM 1114

HOMECOMING–KING OF DECATUR–SANTA FE BLUES–NO BRAINER–AMELIA–WILD ABOUT YOU BABY–THE CZAR–BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE–TIME FLIES–THE SKY’S THE LIMIT–JUST AN EXPRESSION–WON’T LAST TIL TUESDAY–IT’S A BAD TIME

Bruce Katz is one of the most versatile and eclectic keyboard men on the scene today, and has been a sideman for just about everyone, including Delbert and Gregg Allman.  For his latest set, “Homecoming,” tho, Bruce returns to his bluesy roots, and, with the help of some good friends, brings forth twelve cuts to show his incredible chops.

A clever mix of vocals and instrumentals, the show starts with the funky feel of the title cut.  “The King Of Decatur” has vocals by Randy Ciarlante, and follows a second-line rhythm pattern, as does the acoustic-piano  stylings of the instrumental, “Amelia.”  “Czar” and “Time Flies” both have jazzy overtones,  and Bruce visits vintage 70’s soul and funk with the scratch-and-sniff of “Just An Expression.”

Bruce can get down on some blues, too, and those served as our favorites.  Bruce’s piano over John Hammond’s vocal swings a ragtime feel to “Santa Fe Blues,” then John returns for a Delta-flavored “Blues Before Sunrise,” with John also on acoustic guitar.  And, the houserockin’ never stops when the fellows break into Elmore James’  “Wild About You Baby,” with vocal from Jimmy Bennett.

Bruce Katz’ talents on all things with keys are immense, and he can mesh with anyone’s style or create one all his own.  “Homecoming” brings his unique stylings and emotions full-circle!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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