Word Jazz

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Word Jazz
A painting of a stylized round face smiling
Studio album by
Ken Nordine with the Fred Katz Group
RecordedJuly 1957
StudioChicago, IL
ProducerTom Mack
Ken Nordine chronology
Passion in the Desert
Word Jazz
Son of Word Jazz

Word Jazz is the debut album by voice-over and recording artist Ken Nordine with the Fred Katz Group which was released on the Dot label in 1957.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores

The Allmusic site rated the album 4+12 stars stating "the combination sounds not unlike a radio announcer performing beat poetry in places...mostly because that's exactly what it is. That would be selling this album short, though, because Nordine proves himself more than capable of providing both the smooth vocal tones as well as the truly twisted creative sense necessary to pull this off... Word Jazz is still an innovative album and definitely worthy of the sequels that followed."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ken Nordine and Fred Katz

  1. "What Time Is It?" – 3:48
  2. "My Baby" – 2:36
  3. "Sound Museum" – 7:09
  4. "The Vidiot" – 5:30
  5. "Roger" – 5:05
  6. "Hunger Is From" – 3:47
  7. "Looks Like It's Going to Rain" – 3:27
  8. "Flibberty Jib" – 4:42



  1. ^ Edwards, D. and Callahan, M. Dot Album Discography Part 2: LPs 3000-3250/25000-25250 accessed August 14, 2015
  2. ^ a b Carruthers, Sean. Word Jazz – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 14, 2015.