Zoot Sims

Suitably Zoot

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It is strange to think that Zoot Sims, who made many records in the 1950s and the '70s, only had one studio date as a leader between 1964-1971 (not counting this Pumpkin LP). On this album Zoot Sims is teamed with fellow tenors Al Cohn and Richie Kamuca (along with pianist Dave Frishberg, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Mel Lewis) for lengthy versions of "Tickle Toe" and "Broadway"; Cohn takes solo honors. In addition Sims has a reunion with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (they had played together regularly during part of 1956) and (with fine work from pianist Roger Kellaway, bassist Bill Crow and drummer Dave Bailey), their versions of "On the Alamo" and "The King", are hard-swinging and enjoyable. This collector's LP (whose music has not yet been reissued on CD) is highly recommended for Zoot Sims and bebop fans.