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Zoot Sims (Baden-Baden June 23 1958) (Zoot Sims/ Hans Koller/ Willie Dennis/ Adi Feuerstein/ Gerd Husemann) (Arthaus: 101710)


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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arthaus
  • ASIN: B005S0MS5W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All the Things You Are
2. Alan's Alley
3. Minor Meeting for Two Clarinets
4. Fallin' in Love
5. Blue Night
6. Open Door
7. I Surrender Dear
8. Tangerine
9. These Foolish Things
10. I'll Remember April
11. Trottin'

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Recorded live at Baden-Baden on June 23, 1958
Zoot Sims (as, ts, cl), Hans Koller (as, ts, cl), Willie Dennis (tb) Adi Feuerstein (fl ), Gerd Husemann (fl ), Helmut Brandt (fl , bs) Hans Hammerschmid (p), Peter Trunk (b), Kenny Clarke (dr)

All The Things You Are
Alans Alley
Minor Meeting For Two Clarinets
Fallin In Love
Blue Night
Open Door
I Surrender Dear
Tangerine
These Foolish Things
Ill Remember April
Trottin

Open the door!
In 1958 Sims played with Benny Goodman at Expo 58 in Brussels, where he met the Viennese-born Hans Koller, then Europes coolest tenor sax.. Two years earlier Sims had made a Blue Note recording with the German pianist Jutta Hipp and he was keen to meet other European jazz musicians. So Jo Berendt, head of the jazz department at the then SWF, invited the two to a studio concert, supplementing the horn section with Adi Feuerstein and Gerd Husemann (fl , ts), Willie Dennis (tb) and Helmut Brandt (bs).; The ensemble also featured Hans Hammerschmid on piano, Peter Trunk on bass and on drums Kenny Clarke, who had quit the Modern Jazz Quartet and moved to Paris. What you get with Zoot Sims in Baden-Baden is a single jam session in which each number features a different lineup and instrumentation: Sims and Koller on tenor sax get in the frame with All The Things You Are, before switching to clarinet for Minor Meeting For Two Clarinets. Sims brilliant interpretations of Allens Alley and Tangerine are met with the nimble, elegant ripostes of Kollers Fallin In Love<?i> and Brandts I Surrender Dear. Blue Night<?i> (featuring a six-piece horn section) is a number which beguilingly alternates between big band and ensemble jazz. The same goes for Open Door, in which Kenny Clarke urges the ensemble inexorably onwards with every bar, and the alto saxophone of Zoot Sims briefly opens the door to allow the sound of the day bebop to flood the studio.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean R. Brierly on 3 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
Zoot Sims had it all: a rich, deep tone; an infallible sense of swing; a bottomless reservoir of improvisational ideas; and an earthy feeling for the blues. His abundant gifts are fully present and accounted for on this superlative new release from the Jazzhaus label. Recorded in Baden-Baden in 1958, the session pairs Sims with German saxophone titan Hans Koller, several other accomplished European musicians and American expatriate drummer Kenny Clarke. The program consists of familiar standards given fresh interpretations and beguiling originals penned by Sims and pianist Hans Hammerschmid. The music is relaxed, swinging bop -- no hard edges here -- but it's superbly performed and deeply felt. Sims and Koller are the standouts, each playing with robust lyricism and a keen regard for the material. Trombonist Willie Dennis and baritone saxophonist Helmut Brandt also make impressive contributions. Clarke, who helped invent bebop with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, holds it all together, driving the soloists with his relentless drive and nuanced counter-rhythms. An essential recording, one that instantly takes pride of place in Sims' pantheon.
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Swingin' It 3 Nov 2012
By Dean R. Brierly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Zoot Sims had it all: a rich, deep tone; an infallible sense of swing; a bottomless reservoir of improvisational ideas; and an earthy feeling for the blues. His abundant gifts are fully present and accounted for on this superlative new release from the Jazzhaus label. Recorded in Baden-Baden in 1958, the session pairs Sims with German saxophone titan Hans Koller, several other accomplished European musicians and American expatriate drummer Kenny Clarke. The program consists of familiar standards given fresh interpretations and beguiling originals penned by Sims and pianist Hans Hammerschmid. The music is relaxed, swinging bop -- no hard edges here -- but it's superbly performed and deeply felt. Sims and Koller are the standouts, each playing with robust lyricism and a keen regard for the material. Trombonist Willie Dennis and baritone saxophonist Helmut Brandt also make impressive contributions. Clarke, who helped invent bebop with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, holds it all together, driving the soloists with his relentless drive and nuanced counter-rhythms. An essential recording, one that instantly takes pride of place in Sims' pantheon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another good one 4 Jan 2014
By Walksahead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There seem to be a lot of great Zoot Sims albums out there. This one is right up there – the sound is good and Zoot sounds inspired. OK, maybe he sounded inspired most of the time, but you still can’t go wrong with this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic CD! If one doesn't have a background in ... 11 July 2014
By Berigan Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic CD! If one doesn't have a background in Zoot's recordings, I wouldn't necessarily make this my first one, but if a fan has some of the Pablo label, earlier work with Al Cohn, and so on...GO FOR IT! (One track has Zoot playing clarinet...great track!
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