Zoot Sims


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Originally on the Famous Door label, this Zoot Sims Quartet set has been reissued on an audiophile CD by Mobile Fidelity. Perhaps most notable for including the tenorman's debut on soprano (playing it quite effectively on three of the eight numbers), Sims is in fine form throughout as is the all-star rhythm section (pianist Hank Jones, bassist Milt Hinton and either Louis Bellson or Grady Tate on drums). The biggest surprise in the repertoire is "Rosemary's Baby." Otherwise obscurities such as "Alabamy Home" and "In the Middle of a Kiss" alternate with a few better-known standards. Sims is in typically swinging form throughout this excellent set.