Sunday, September 5, 2010

Zoot Sims

Tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims recorded on a regular basis as a leader for most of 45 years, and virtually all of his many sessions are worth acquiring. Sims's Bethlehem date also gives one a look at the great pianist Dave McKenna in his early days, along with bassist George Tucker and drummer Dannie Richmond. Sims mostly explores standards from the swing era (including a rare version of "Bill Bailey") on this enjoyable and consistently swinging set.
Scott Yanow
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Zoot Sims
Down Home


1 Jive at Five (Basie, Edison) 5:18
2 Doggin' Around (Battle, Evans) 4:39
3 Avalon (DeSylva, Jolson, Rose) 4:29
4 I Cried for You (Arnheim, Freed, Lyman) 6:50
5 Bill Bailey (Cannon) 5:17
6 Goodnight, Sweetheart (Campbell, Connelly, Noble) 4:22
7 There'll Be Some Changes Made (Higgins, Overstreet) 5:24
8 I've Heard That Blues Before (Sims) 5:26
9 There'll Be Some Changes Made (Higgins, Overstreet) 6:46
10 Jive at Five (Basie, Edison) 6:17
11 Doggin' Around (Battle, Evans) 3:36
12 Avalon (DeSylva, Jolson, Rose) 4:09
13 Goodnight, Sweetheart (Campbell, Connelly, Noble) 5:09
14 Bill Bailey (Cannon) 5:02

Zoot Sims - ts
Dave McKenna - p
George Tucker - b
Dannie Richmond - dr

Recorded in New York ; June 7, 1960


Melanchthon said...

Orbyt said...

Great post Mel. Though Zoot had so many great sides, this is one of his best sessions imo.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel: thanks for Zoot Down Home.

Kovina Kris said...

Zoot is one of the greats and I love Dave McKenna, so I'm real excited about this one. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this Zoot music on Bethlehem. I'm not a big fan of Sims, but I like very much Richmond & the Bethlehem label.

duck said...

Thanks again Mel

Gianluigi said...

Thanks Mel, but... i don't know the password!

Anonymous said...

What a great Zoot Sims album! Mel, thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Great stuff,many thanks!

headman said...

Beautiful! Thanks again.