Zoot Sims Plays Tenor & 4 Altos (Zoot!/Zoot Sims Plays 4 Altos)

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2007, as if to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation, the Fresh Sound label reissued Zoot Sims Plays 4 Altos. This album, masterminded by pianist, composer, and arranger George Handy, was recorded for ABC Paramount on January 11, 1957. It may now be enjoyed on the same disc with Zoot!, which was recorded for Riverside on December 13 and 18, 1956. Sims, an accomplished tenor saxophonist whose main influence was Lester Young, sounded a bit like Art Pepper when handling the alto sax. Throughout both albums he willingly submitted to the ideas of George Handy, whose talents were developed while working with bandleader Boyd Raeburn. All but three of the 14 tunes on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2007, as if to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation, the Fresh Sound label reissued Zoot Sims Plays 4 Altos. This album, masterminded by pianist, composer, and arranger George Handy, was recorded for ABC Paramount on January 11, 1957. It may now be enjoyed on the same disc with Zoot!, which was recorded for Riverside on December 13 and 18, 1956. Sims, an accomplished tenor saxophonist whose main influence was Lester Young, sounded a bit like Art Pepper when handling the alto sax. Throughout both albums he willingly submitted to the ideas of George Handy, whose talents were developed while working with bandleader Boyd Raeburn. All but three of the 14 tunes on this compilation were conceived and composed by Handy. Tracks eight through 14 feature four Zoots at once, or more specifically one Zoot in front backed by three overdubbed Zoots, deftly and dutifully following orchestrations scored by Handy. This experiment prefigured (and probably inspired) Pete Rugolo's multiple-instrument concept albums of 1960-1961. As a duple reissue, Fresh Sound's Zoot Sims Plays Tenor & 4 Altos works well as a double portrait of an ambitious composer/arranger and a skilled saxophonist who stayed cool as a cuke even when thrice cloned and pitted against himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2007
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
  • EAN: 8427328604475
  • Catalog Number: 447

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Cry? (5:53)
  2. 2 Echoes of You (7:11)
  3. 3 Swim, Jim (7:05)
  4. 4 Here and Now (4:54)
  5. 5 Fools Rush In (4:30)
  6. 6 Osmosis (4:42)
  7. 7 Taking a Chance on Love (6:02)
  8. 8 Quicker Blues (4:37)
  9. 9 Slower Blues (6:34)
  10. 10 Let's Not Waltz Tonight (4:01)
  11. 11 The Last Day of Fall (3:44)
  12. 12 J'Espère Enfin (4:51)
  13. 13 See, A Key of "C" (5:05)
  14. 14 I Await Thee, Love (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zoot Sims Primary Artist
Wilbur Ware Bass
George Handy Piano
Nick Travis Trumpet
Osie Johnson Drums
Nick Stabulas Drums
Knobby Totah Bass
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Handy Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Osie Johnson Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes
Creed Taylor Producer
Jordi Pujol Producer
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