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Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott's 1961: The Complete Recordings

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  • Audio CD (13 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B00JJ36IBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love for Sale
  2. The Haunted Jazz Club
  3. Desperation
  4. Tangerine
  5. Gone With the Wind
  6. Harry Flicks
  7. Suddenly Last Tuesday
  8. Blues in E Flat Major (Blue Hodge)
  9. Somebody Loves Me
  10. Stompin' at the Savoy
  11. Autumn Leaves

Product Description

The first American guest artist to grace the tiny stage of the original Ronnie Scotts club in Londons Soho in the autumn of 1961, tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims was among the most consistently inventive jazzmen of his generation. The sudden arrival of this font of jazz creativity prompted Fontana Records to tape three evenings worth of live performances at the venue, documenting not only Sims graceful yet muscular playing, but the work of supporting bands led by Ronnie Scott himself and West Indian multi-instrumentalist Harold McNair, featuring British jazz legends Jimmy Deuchar, Phil Seamen and Stan Tracey and others. The two original albums Zoot at Ronnie Scotts and Solo For Zoot have not previously been released in their entirety on CD, but this new Acrobat issue contains all their contents, including a rare unedited version of Love For Sale, unavailable for over forty years. Featuring comprehensive sleeve notes by award-winning saxophonist Simon Spillett, rare photographs and press clippings, this new album is the definitive document of a pivotal moment of Anglo-American jazz history.

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This recently released CD couples two albums from 1961 recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Club over three evenings. Why was this a piece of history? The answer is simple; it features an American! Not unusual now, but at that time there was a mutual ban on the exchange of musicians between here and the USA. Ronnie Scott moved "heaven and earth" and an appearance by Zoot Sims was arranged in Britain. That is Zoot Sims singular, no other Americans! He appeared at Ronnie's accompanied by the "house band". British trios were considered to lag behind the Americans, but not at Ronnie's. The house trio was lead by a young Stan Tracey (recently deceased). We all know that Stan became the elder statesman of British (indeed World) jazz and is solely missed. He plays superbly on this album, accompanied by Kenny Napper (b) and Jackie Dougan (d).

On this CD the trio accompany Zoot on six of the eleven tracks (all recorded live at the night club). The highlight for me remains the opening track, 13 minutes of "Love For Sale". I say remains for I bought one of the original releases on vinyl over fifty years ago (and stupidly sold it twenty years ago when so many of us changed from vinyl to tape and CD). I've been awaiting this release on CD for over twenty years.

Every one of these quartet recordings are absolutely brilliant in every respect. We have a young American (36 yrs) at the top of his illustrious career and three Brits showing just how good our best musicians were. An equal to many Americans whom we could only hear on record.
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The music on this CD is so astonishingly great that I cannot withhold five stars - but it is NOT in fact "The Complete Recordings" ... not quite!

After years of producing exceptionally fine music, Zoot seems more inspired than ever during his 1961 residency at Ronnie Scott's, and his British accompanists play wonderfully too. The passion, the wit, the invention never flag. The original releases were two LPs: "Zoot at Ronnie Scott's" and "Solo For Zoot". A budget-label, single-disc reissue in the mid-sixties ("Cookin'") omitted a few tracks and edited the others - in some cases drastically (the magnificent 'Love For Sale' was reduced from 12'36" to 6'10"!)

Previous CD issues were - irritatingly - based on the edited versions; so one is grateful that on this Acrobat CD all of the tracks from the "Zoot at Ronnie Scott's" album are now heard in full; but three of the four tracks from "Solo For Zoot" are still the truncated versions.

Nevertheless, every jazz fan should hear this CD, even if it is to some extent a missed opportunity.
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A "must" for all admirers of this superb Tenor Sax player. Zoot Sims never fails to please and this recording has the added interest of being of the first American Star to appear at Ronnie Scott's.
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Id this on vinyl which was stolen and I couldn't replace it _ - Now thanks given it is here again. I remember Zoot playing with John Dankworth's band at the original Cavern Club in Liverpool - the true Cavern was a JAZZ CLUB
And I sat right in front of the Zoot drowned by his artistry. He couldn't have seen the parts for long but he read them perfectly. I actually spoke to him that night and he was very (quietly) funny a true great - he installed a match size table tennis table in his app. In New York to his wife's disbelief. So glad to be able to hear this music again and I include Stan Tracey and the great rhythm section. You gotta get this!!

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This CD. was delivered within four days. Zoot was on fire. The rest of the musicians (all Brits!!) were on the same wavelength and I can only imagine what it was like being in the audience for those sessions.
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Warning for anyone who buys this album! My CD case and the CD within were printed as advertised with the title 'Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott's 1961'. The recorded tracks are by a completely different set of artists! I've bought literally thousands of CDs in my life and have never experienced anything like this before. What's going on with this label?
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One of the last great tenor players, before musicians entered the "I know More Modes than you do" versus the "I can play all the scales faster than you"
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