This is a classic encounter in the Original Jazz Classics series. Pianist Count Basie (in his best-small group outing of the 1970s) and tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims were mutually inspired by each other's presence and, with the tasteful assistance of bassist John Heard and drummer Louie Bellson, they can be heard playing at the peak of their creative powers. Every listener interested in swinging jazz should pick up this disc, if only to hear these hard-charging versions of "I Never Knew," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "Honeysuckle Rose." A gem, and essential music.
Performance CreditsCount Basie Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Track Performer
Louie Bellson Drums
John Heard Bass
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Eric Miller Recorder
Technical CreditsCount Basie Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Zoot Sims Composer
Bob Simpson Engineer
Phil Carroll Artwork
Benny Green Liner Notes
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Basie & Zoot based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I had never heard Count Basie without a big band around him and I was quite impressed - except for what I felt was his inappropriate use of the organ on one tune. Zoot swings through the set impeccably while John Heard on piano contributes nicely. Louie Bellson proved he could still drive a combo here. All in all a very satisfying record that would fit well in most collections and is a must have for Basie or Zoot fans.