Sunday, January 10, 2016

Zoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer - Stretching Out

Like many studio sessions recorded for United Artists, this 1958 session co-led by Zoot Sims and Bob Brookmeyer can be a bit tricky to find. Brookmeyer contributed most of the charts, including the easygoing blues which serves as the title track, as well as updated treatments of Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" and "Ain't Misbehavin'." Al Cohn is responsible for a swinging chart of "Pennies From Heaven" during which he switches to baritone sax, while Bill Potts wrote and arranged "Bee Kay." The rest of the superb band includes Harry "Sweets" Edison, Hank Jones, bassist Eddie Jones, guitarist Freddie Green, and drummer Charlie Persip. Aside from a few innocuous reed squeaks, the music is essentially flawless and has stood the test of time very well. Although U.S. reissues have been sparse, Fresh Sound re-released an LP of this music and Toshiba also put out a CD edition in Japan. In any case, fans of cool jazz will want to locate a copy of this session.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Zoot Sims
Bob Brookmeyer
Stretching Out
Kansas City Revisited


1 Stretching Out (Brookmeyer)  6:08
2 Now Will You Be Good (Jentes, Pease, Terke)  5:28
3 Pennies from Heaven (Burke, Johnston)  6:15
4 King Porter Stomp (Burke, Morton, Robbins)  4:38
5 Ain't Misbehavin' (Brooks, Razaf, Waller)  6:54
6 Bee Kay (Potts)  6:42
7 Jumpin' at the Woodside (Basie)  8:00
8 A Blues (What's on Your Mind) (Miller)  5:05
9 Blue and Sentimental (Basie, David, Livingston)  6:53
10 Doggin' Around (Battle, Evans)  8:40
11 Moten Swing (Moten, Moten)  10:12
12 Trav'lin' Light (Mercer, Mundy, Young)  3:35


[# 1-6] Originally issued on STRETCHING OUT (United Artists UAS-5023)
Harry Sweets Edison - tp
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Zoot Sims - ts
Al Cohn - ts & bs
Hank Jones - p
Freddie Green - g
Eddie Jones - b
Charlie Persip - dr
Recorded at Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City ; December 27, 1958
[# 7-12] Originally issued as KANSAS CITY REVISITED (United Artists UAS-5008)
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Al Cohn - ts
Paul Quinichette - ts
Nat Pierce - p
Jim Hall - g
Addison Farmer - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Big Miller - vc [on “A Blues”  & “Trav’liv’ Light”]
Recorded at Olmsted Studios, New York City ; October 23, 1958


ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you for Stretching Out & Kansas City Revisited.

corkb said...

Thanks Melanchthon. Great stuff as always.

Philo said...

A wonderful upgrade from the versions I had.


swingingduck said...

This is a wonderful stuff.
Essential by all means.
Thanks a million.

The Jackal said...

Very Cool Me, l Jim Hall & Freddie Green great variety of sax men and valve trom ! Merci Beaucoup

johnp said...

Many thanks for this great double!

Luro said...

Thank you very much Melanchton for both CDs.

jbea said...

Thanx Mel
Always enjoy anything featuring Freddie Green especially away from Basie.
Jim Hall is another fav.
As you can see I'm a guitarist

Jaffa said...

Two wonderful sessions I have on vinyl and which I play often ! Thanks very much for sharing these gems.

Jeffinprov said...

These are wonderful. Thank you so much for all of this music.

Thomas said...

One of the best cheesecake covers.

Blue Eyes said...

A must have, super post Mel!

FrankDell said...

thank you Mel. Can't get enough Zoot

LaroSwing said...


rubberduck said...

Zot Sims Bob Brookmaier :


Many thanks.

luthier said...

Thanks a lot for Zoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer - Stretching Out. Two great sessions!

jazztap said...


Baron said...

Cheers Mel

zero said...

Thanks a lot for resurrecting this swinging treat.

Chris said...

Yes thanks Mel I missed this one the first time round, great upgrade.

klf said...

Thanks, you're the greatest.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you so much

Melanchthon said...

AmyBRAINS said...

A very nice upgrade to me, Melanchthon.
Thanks a lot.

DEEP said...

Please post Telefunken Blues on Savoy (Kenny Clarke & Milt Jackson)

Mike said...

Great post, you're on a roll! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Great post.

Kovina Kris said...

Brookmeyer is one of my all-time favorites. Of these two, one is new, and one is an upgrade. Thanks for both!