Monday, May 8, 2017

Zoot Sims's Choice

Choices it’s called, choices you get — 1954 and 1959 — two different recording dates with two different groups, one track selection from each side. Both share Zoot’s muscular tenor, and uncompromising belief in how he wanted to play. Zoot’s output was prodigious, playing in big bands in the Forties, a solo artists in the Fifties, and playing and recording right up to his death in 1985. This is early Zoot, but given lots of space to play it his way — melodic, perfectly paced, with rich tenor voice and treading an inventive path between old and new.  Bob Brookmeyer forsakes his customary valve trombone for piano here.

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Zoot Sims


1 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  4:24
2 Flamingo (Anderson, Grouya)  2:31
3 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  5:04
4 Red Door (Mulligan, Sims)  7:21
5 You're Driving Me Crazy* (Donaldson)  4:51
6 Brushes (Freeman, Lewis)  5:42
7 Choice Blues (Freeman)  4:25


[# 1-4]
Zoot Sims - ts
Gerry Mulligan - bs [# 2 & 4] & p [# 3]
Jon Eardley - tp [# 2]
Bob Brookmeyer - p & tb [# 3]
Red Mitchell - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded live in San Diego, California ; December, 1954
[# 5-7]
Zoot Sims - ts
Russ Freeman - p
Billy Bean* or Jim Hall - g
Monte Budwig - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; March, 1959


Quibus said...

Good choice! Thanks very much for sharing these wonderful Zoot sessions.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Rick said...

This is one great album. Thanks for great taste, skill and dedication.

AmyBRAINS said...

I love Zoot Sims'sax.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent Zoot Sims sessions. Thank you for sharing.

Tibau said...

Great Zoot.!!
Thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

Tremendous!!!! Thank you.

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

Thanks always, Zoot never fails to please. what a great character and resilient improvisor in any setting. Sure wish he was still around

CrunchyFrog said...

Thanks so much! Very wonderful choice... never heard this before.

Chris said...

Yes thanks Mel more Zoot well appreciated

Blue Eyes said...

Yes, a must have! super post Melanchthon!

Thomas said...

Thanks much.

FrankDell said...

Zoot alors! Mucho merci Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel.
Really appreciate the latest batch of re-ups.

Terry said...

Thanks for re-upping Choice.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Markus Rose said...

Thank you once again, Mel. You're a great guy.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous sessions, Mel. Thanks so much!

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

Great extension to the Zoot catalogue and education that you have already taken me through.
What a classic Jazzman

Thanks always

Benjamin Riley said...

Many thanks, Mel

Melanchthon said...

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks a lot for another Zoot outing. I always enjoy his stuff.