Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn - The Brothers

The music on this disc recalls the airy "Four Brothers" sound that tenor saxophonists Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Herbie Steward, and baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff, plied in Woody Herman's band of 1947. For this outing, Steward and Chaloff exit, and four become five with the addition of tenor luminaries Al Cohn, Brew Moore, and Allen Eager. The set appropriately kicks off with Gerry Mulligan's "Five Brothers," a tune reminiscent of Jimmy Giuffre's original "Four Brothers" in its fluid and bouncy arrangement. Three other attractive and similarly disposed originals (one more by Mulligan and two by Cohn) complete the saxophone session from 1949, all featuring swinging statements by each soloist. A 1952 sextet date led by Sims and Cohn is also included, offering up another round of original and buoyantly swinging cuts, bolstered by lively contributions from trombonist Kai Winding and solid rhythmic support by pianist George Wallington, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Art Blakey. A fine release that nicely showcases the cool, proto-West Coast bop forged by both these soloists and Miles Davis. For completists, the CD reissue also includes three alternate takes of "Five Brothers."
Stephen Cook

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Stan Getz
Zoot Sims
Al Cohn
The Brothers


1 Five Brothers (Mulligan)  3:12
2 Battle of the Saxes (Cohn, Hawkins)  3:50
3 Four and One Moore (Mulligan)  3:45
4 Battleground (Cohn)  3:18
5 The Red Door (Mulligan, Sims)  4:30
6 Zootcase (Sims, Sims)  4:15
7 Tangerine (Mercer, Schertzinger)  4:20
8 Morning Fun (Cohn, Sims)  4:15

[# 1-4]

Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Allen Eager & Brew Moore - ts
Walter Bishop - p
Gene Ramey - b
Charlie Perry - dr
Recorded in New York City ; April 8, 1949
[# 5-8]

Zoot Sims, Al Cohn - ts
Kai Winding - tb
George Wallington - p
Percy Heath - b
Art Blakey - dr
Recorded in New York City ; September 8, 1952


Melanchthon said...

Chris said...

Thanks Mel these three guys a marvel together

CrunchyFrog said...

thanks for the opportunity to hear this!

John Pickworth said...

Thanks Mel !

fcapeau said...

The Spirit of Woody's Herd Brothers.
Amazing post.

Terry said...

Thanks for Zoot, Stan, Al etc

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!