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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Swing, 14 Mar 2008
This review is from: down home (Audio CD)
There is something totally satisfying about this ruffled, informal and imperfect record. Sims - among the most consistent of jazz improvisers - made sets which were better executed, in more polished settings, with more suitable musical partners or with a greater degree of discipline but this album, cut in 1960, ranks amongst his greatest recorded achievements.

With a loose remit to busk some very standard standards (some, like "Bill Bailey", as old as the hills) Zoot, pianist Dave McKenna, bassist George Tucker and drummer Danny Richmond come up with a performance that might well define the jazz idiom. The record swings from the outset, even with Richmond's cavalier attitude to the beat and Zoot generates enough heat to thaw an igloo.

This session has recently been reissued on a non-sanctioned European label but Sims fans should try and go for this issue as it contains a raft of previously unissued alternate takes, revealing just how ad-hoc was the session which yielded the original album.

Further listening suggestions for Sims must surely include his collaborations with fellow tenor Al Cohn (try "You and Me" on Universal), the quartet session for Argo ("Zoot" now on Chess), his set with Oscar Peterson on Pablo and, for those fond of Japanese limited editions, "Cookin'" (Universal) recorded at Ronnie Scott's in 1961 and "The Waiting Game" (Impulse) a genuinely overlooked album with strings arranged by Gary McFarland from 1966.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album., 18 Feb 2013
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This is the album that has fired my quest for more Zoot Sims discs! As a previous reveiwer said " this is the most swinging album ever" . For me I love the way it was recorded, there is something about 1960 sterio! not mixed to death! its great, if you turn your balance knob either way you can have just Zoot or just the trio! and the drum kit and cymbals come over just perfect. Also the mood of everyone playing is terrific and I love the extra takes with the chat left in! This cd and "You N Me" [with Al Cohn] [also 1960] are two of my favourite albums. I highl'y recommend them both.
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