Fred Kaz | Uncharted Waters (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)

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Uncharted Waters (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)

by Fred Kaz

Virtuoso jazz piano and superb drums and bass perform Kaz's unique original compositions, plus one melody from Puccini's Tosca
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Anybody Listenin'? (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
4:46 $0.99
2. Three Cubed (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
4:32 $0.99
3. Offering (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
3:27 $0.99
4. Loon (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
3:03 $0.99
5. Rocker (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
5:18 $0.99
6. Sandals (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
3:44 $0.99
7. Scraps (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
7:38 $0.99
8. Pastel (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
5:08 $0.99
9. Geronimo (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
3:38 $0.99
10. E Lucevan Le Stelle From Tosca (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
2:47 $0.99
11. Maya and the Lion (feat. George Marsh & Nick Tountas)
6:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
I was introduced to jazz at the age of 16 by the legendary Chicago trumpeter King Kolax, who enveloped me in his massive arms and the beauty of his aura and invited me into the inner circle of the Paris Club, where I learned first hand the haunting musical truth he spoke of – the only way to a man’s jazz is through his blues.

With the forming of my first trio came a contract as the house band for the opening of the first Playboy Key Club in Chicago, followed by the release of my original album “Eastern Exposure” for Atlantic Records.
I was featured with my trio in the 2nd Annual American Jazz Festival in 1960 in Detroit, on a bill that included Cannonball, Chico Hamilton, Dave Brubeck, The Duke, Oscar Peterson, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy, Horace Silver and Count Basie. I shared a stage with greats like Miles Davis at the Modern Jazz Room in Chicago; “Sweets” Edison, Louie Bellson and Pearl Bailey at the Chez Paree.

I had my first experience with improvisational theater in 1959 and was immediately struck by the resemblance in form to jazz – a skeletal structure into which they poured the now. In 1961 I began playing at a fledgling theater that over the years became world famous as The Second City …

Always staying in the now, we riffed together, the actor/improvisers onstage, me offstage with the baby grand. It was jazz. Thus began a chapter of my life that wove music and theater intimately together for several decades. Alan Arkin was my best friend in the early years and we collaborated on a song named “On and On” that I play to this day.
I wrote political parodies with junk orchestras that included Bill Murray, John Candy, Betty Thomas and Jim Belushi. One day John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd asked permission to copy my “look” for their new act - the Blues Brothers - fedora, skinny black tie and Raybans.

Through these years I stayed connected to my roots in jazz and often sat in on jazz sessions in Chicago. A relationship evolved between me and George Marsh, a brilliant young percussionist up from southern Illinois and a Chicago bass player, the late Nick Tountas. As a trio we played together for a number of years in Chicago. "Uncharted Waters" was our only album, originally recorded in 1987 though never commercially released. With the exception of the aria from Puccini's opera "Tosca", "Uncharted Waters" is comprised of all original compositions.

In recent years, in addition to occasionally contributing to comedy shows with old Second City colleagues I have returned to original composition and solo performances, rediscovering my first loves of blues and jazz.



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