by Zoot Sims Quintet

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Special Edition / 180 Gram Vinyl)

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For a little while in the mid-'50s, Zoot Sims occasionally doubled on alto although he soon switched back exclusively to tenor where he had a stronger musical personality. On the CD reissue of Riverside's 1956 Zoot!, Sims plays alto on two of the seven tracks and works well with trumpeter Nick Travis. Actually, pianist George Handy, who contributed four originals (two standards and drummer Osie Johnson's "Osmosis" complete the program) and did all of the arranging, comes across as the key supporting player; bassist Wilbur Ware and Johnson are fine in quiet support. Although Handy's arrangements are a bit modern, this is still a typically hard-swinging and melodic Zoot Sims date.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
Label: Jazz Wax Records
UPC: 8436006494604
catalogNumber: 0649460
Rank: 81085

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zoot Sims Quintet   Primary Artist
Wilbur Ware   Bass
George Handy   Piano
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Osie Johnson   Drums
Zoot Sims   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Handy   Arranger,Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Osie Johnson   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes
John Latouche   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Carol Reiff Galletly   Cover Photo

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Zoot! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
George Handy's arrangements give these tunes a structure that is somtimes lacking in Zoot's records. The ensemble playing from the two horns just flat works great. If you dig small group cool jazz, you'll love the sound here. Zoot Sims was such a great improviser that producers occasionally would ask Zoot to get a group into the studio and just blow! That has a charm as well, and produced some of the most memorable sax solos ever recorded, but these well thought-out arrangements make this album a totally listenable experience from start to finish. And the charts certainly don't inhibit Zoot's creativity. He swings hard as usual. And he never plays an inappropriate phrase! Nick Travis on trumpet (another Woody Herman alum) keeps up with Zoot quite well in the improvisation department, although his chops weren't the best here. He splatters some notes here and there. But Miles did too! George Handy contributes some nice fills and solos on piano while Ossie Johnson on drums and Wilbur Ware on bass make you wonder why they aren't better known. Zoot's soaring alto work is featured on a couple of the cuts, while his better known tenor is used on the balance. This album was originally a Riverside label release, recorded in late 1956. Fantasy/Original Jazz Classics reissued the album on LP in the early 1980's and on CD some years later. The sound is good on any of these. If you're new to Zoot Sims, one of the very best jazz saxophonists of all time, this would be a great place to start or continue your appreciation of his talent. There's no waste here - an easy 5 star rating!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting set - typical small group early Zoot jazz in most respects, with the addition of some 1950's "modern jazz" arrangements. You'll also get to hear Zoot swinging on alto sax, as well as his usual tenor. Sims had a great sense of "swing" - a really great sense of timing and phraseology.