Zoot

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This Acrobat set pairs two of Zoot Sims' more lauded albums from the middle of the 1950s, recorded less than a month apart from one another and featuring the rhythm section of pianist Johnny Williams, bassist Knobby Totah, and drummer Gus Johnson. The first eight tracks here come from Zoot, cut on October 12, 1956, which was originally released as Argo 608. Sims plays tenor throughout, and the band is seamless in its sense of swing and groove. Check the sprint of "9:20 Special," the easy lope of "That Old Feeling," and the ballad "The Man I Love," taken at a simmering midtempo. The second date here, cut over the first two days in November, was released as Zoot Sims Plays ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This Acrobat set pairs two of Zoot Sims' more lauded albums from the middle of the 1950s, recorded less than a month apart from one another and featuring the rhythm section of pianist Johnny Williams, bassist Knobby Totah, and drummer Gus Johnson. The first eight tracks here come from Zoot, cut on October 12, 1956, which was originally released as Argo 608. Sims plays tenor throughout, and the band is seamless in its sense of swing and groove. Check the sprint of "9:20 Special," the easy lope of "That Old Feeling," and the ballad "The Man I Love," taken at a simmering midtempo. The second date here, cut over the first two days in November, was released as Zoot Sims Plays Alto, Tenor and Baritone (ABC-Paramount 155) and uses the "magic" of overdubbing. But by then, it had been done, and successfully if controversially -- Lennie Tristano did it in 1955 and even used tape manipulation to speed up or slow things down. Though there is some bop here, the main feel is cool. Sims plays all three horns with the same verve, imagination, and tough swing. What's so compelling about these tunes -- particularly the ornate "Blinuet," the fingerpopping swagger in "Zonkin'," and the gorgeous use of harmony in "Major-Major" -- is that Sims' tone on all three instruments is not only signature, but uncommon. His is a sound not much heard anymore, yet it is so lovely, as full of emotion as it is technique, one has to wonder why. This band plays with great instinctive and disciplined interplay, and both albums were well reviewed upon appearance. The sound on this two-fer is very good, if not excellent. Acrobat is a British label, and is not bound by American copyright laws -- in England, it expires after 50 years. This means, of course, that the man's estate doesn't see a dime from this release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Ais
  • EAN: 8436028691821
  • Catalog Number: 2869182
  • Sales rank: 152,303

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 9:20 Special - Zoot Sims Quartet (4:56)
  2. 2 The Man I Love - Zoot Sims Quartet (5:17)
  3. 3 55th Street - Zoot Sims Quartet (4:44)
  4. 4 The Blue Room - Zoot Sims Quartet (5:11)
  5. 5 Gus's Blues - Zoot Sims Quartet (4:30)
  6. 6 That Old Feeling - Zoot Sims Quartet (5:36)
  7. 7 Bohemia After Dark - Zoot Sims Quartet (3:36)
  8. 8 Woody'n You - Zoot Sims Quartet (5:24)
  9. 9 Blinuet - Zoot Sims Quartet (4:38)
  10. 10 The Trouble with Me Is You - Zoot Sims Quartet (3:46)
  11. 11 Where You At? - Zoot Sims Quartet (3:05)
  12. 12 Zonkin' - Zoot Sims Quartet (5:49)
  13. 13 Noshin' - Zoot Sims Quartet (3:29)
  14. 14 Major-Major - Zoot Sims Quartet (6:12)
  15. 15 Minor-Minor - Zoot Sims Quartet (4:06)
  16. 16 Pegasus - Zoot Sims Quartet (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zoot Sims Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Gus Johnson Drums
Knobby Totah Bass
Johnny Williams Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Oscar Pettiford Composer
George Handy Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Gus Johnson Composer
Zoot Sims Composer
Jack Tracy Original Liner Notes
Earle Warren Composer
Flo Handy Composer
Arnold Marcus Liner Notes
Herbert J. Morrison Original Liner Notes
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