Zoot Sims

Zoot Sims in Paris

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This reissue CD from Vogue (made available domestically through BMG) has all of the music that the constantly swinging tenor Zoot Sims recorded at two Paris sessions. He is heard on seven titles (plus six alternate takes) in 1950 with a quiet but firm quartet comprised of pianist Gerald Wiggins, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke; "Night and Day," "I Understand" and "Zoot and Zoot" are among the highpoints. The final six selections feature Sims with trombonist Frank Rosolino, pianist Henri Renaud, guitarist Jimmy Gourley, bassist Don Bagley and drummer Jean-Louis Viale for some cool bop in the same basic style as the earlier set.

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