Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz

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Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz
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Studio album by Don Byron
RecordedSeptember 1992
StudioMaster Sound Studios, Astoria, NY
LabelNonesuch 7559-79313
ProducerHans Wendl
Don Byron chronology
Tuskegee Experiments
Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz
Music for Six Musicians

Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz is an album by clarinetist Don Byron featuring music associated with comedian and musician Mickey Katz which was released on the Nonesuch label in 1993.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]


The Allmusic review by Bob Tarte stated "Playing Katz's songs demands prodigious chops, hence the attraction of Katz to molecule-splitting clarinetist Don Byron, who demonstrates nerve presenting Katz the monologist as the equal of Katz the composer. In sum, convoluted, kaleidoscopic silliness topped with Byron's usual dazzling self".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mickey Katz except where noted

  1. "Prologue: ...Shed No Tears Before the Rain" (Don Byron) – 4:08
  2. "Frailach Jamboree" – 2:34
  3. "Haim Afen Range" (Traditional) – 2:49
  4. "Mamaliege Dance" (Nat Farber, Mickey Katz) – 2:23
  5. "Sweet and Gentle" (Monterrey Portal, George Thorn) – 3:02
  6. "Litvak Square Dance" – 2:08
  7. "C'est Si Bon" (Henri Betti, André Hornez, Jerry Seelen) – 2:27
  8. "Trombonik Tanz" (Farber, Katz) – 3:14
  9. "Bar Mitzvah Special" (Farber, Louis Singer) – 3:02
  10. "Dreidel Song" (Traditional) – 4:48
  11. "Seder Dance" – 2:12
  12. "Paisach in Portugal" (Raul Ferrão, Jimmy Kennedy) – 3:08
  13. "Berele's Sherele" (Farber, Benny Gill) – 1:48
  14. "Mechaye War Chant" (Katz, John Noble, Ralph Freed) – 2:50
  15. "Kiss of Meyer" (Lester Allen, Robert Hill) – 2:20
  16. "Epilogue: Tears" (Byron) – 7:12
  17. "Wedding Dance" – 2:26



  1. ^ Nonesuch Records website, accessed November 7, 2017
  2. ^ a b Tarte, Bob. Don Byron: Plays the Music of Mickey Katz – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 7, 2017.