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Zoot Sims at Ronnie Scott's 1961: The Complete Recordings
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Zoot Sims, one of my Jazz idols, performed to expectations on this album.Published 8 months ago by John Butterfield
Absolutely terrific album. I really love this guy's playing. But it!Published 11 months ago by STEPHEN W