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Zoot Sims - 12 Classic Albums 1956-1962

Zoot Sims - 12 Classic Albums 1956-1962


John Haley "Zoot" Sims (October 29, 1925 - March 23, 1985) was an American jazz saxophonist, playing mainly tenor and soprano. He was born in Inglewood, California, the son of vaudeville performers Kate Haley and John Sims, and grew up in a performing family. Sims learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age. His father was a vaudeville hoofer and Sims prided himself on remembering many of the steps he taught him.
Sims acquired the nickname "Zoot" early in his career while he was in the Kenny Baker band in California. The name was later appropriated for a sax-playing Muppet.
Following in the footsteps of Lester Young, Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophonist. Throughout his career he played with big bands, starting with those of Kenny Baker and Bobby Sherwood following him dropping out of high school after one year. He played with Benny Goodman's band in 1943 and replaced his idol Ben Webster in Sid Catlett's Quartet in 1944.
Sims served 1944-1946 as a corporal in the United States Army Air Forces, then moved on to such renowned bands as those of Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich. Sims was also one of Woody Herman's "Four Brothers", and he was known among his peers as one of the strongest swingers in the field. He frequently led his own combos and sometimes toured with his friend Gerry Mulligan's sextet, and later with Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. Sims rejoined Goodman in 1962 for a tour of the Soviet Union.
In the 1950s and '60s Sims had a long, successful partnership as co-leader of a quintet with Al Cohn, which recorded under the name "Al and Zoot". That group was a favourite at New York City's Half Note Club. Always fond of the higher register of the tenor sax, Zoot also liked to play alto and late in his career added the soprano saxophone to his performances while recording a series of albums for Pablo Records, label of impresario Norman Granz. Zoot also played on some of Jack Kerouac's recordings.
Zoot Sims died in New York City of cancer on March 23, 1985, and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York.
This 6 CD collection features the most important and challenging of Zoots early albums, from the period during which this maverick player was amongst the most respected and celebrated musicians of the time.

Tracklist:
 
DISC 1
 
1 Zoot Swings The Blues (Take 1) 8:34
2 Zoot Swings The Blues (Take 2) 2:24
3 Trotting 3:43
4 I Wonder Who 2:33
5 It Had To Be You 2:45
6 My Silent Love 2:35
7 Jane-O 2:39
8 Dancing In The Dark 3:26
9 Memories Of You 3:03
10 East Of The Sun 11:03
11 September In The Rain 5:04
12 Down At The Loft 4:24
13 Ghost Of A Chance 6:17
14 Not So Deep 5:54
15 Them There Eyes 5:17
16 Our Pad 4:40
17 Dark Clouds 3:06
18 One To Blow On 5:26
 
Time: 82:53
 
DISC 2
 
1 Indian Summer 5:05
2 Leavin Town 2:30
3 Flyin' The Coop 3:06
4 Howdy Podner 5:53
5 Toot No.2 4:49
6 What's New 6:29
7 Hot Dog 3:27
8 So What 2:47
9 920 Special 4:57
10 The Man I Love 5:17
11 55th And State 4:46
12 The Blue Room 5:11
13 Gus's Blues 4:28
14 That Old Feeling 5:38
15 Bohemia After Dark 3:37
16 Woody ‘n' You 5:25
 
Time: 73:22
 
DISC 3
 
1 Jive At Five 5:19
2 Doggin' Around 4:40
3 Avalon 4:30
4 I Cried For You 6:52
5 Bill Bailey 5:18
6 Goodnight Sweetheart 4:22
7 There'll Be Some Changes Made 5:23
8 I've Heard That Blues Before 5:28
9 Why Cry? 5:54
10 Echoes Of You 7:12
11 Swim, Jim 7:07
12 Here And Now 4:55
13 Fools Rush In 4:30
14 Osmosis 4:43
15 Taking A Chance On Love 6:01
 
Time: 82:14
 
DISC 4
 
1 I'll Remember April 4:21
2 Flamingo 2:28
3 There Will Never Be Another You 5:01
4 Red Door 7:19
5 You're Driving Me Crazy 4:50
6 Brushes 5:40
7 Choice Blues 4:25
8 Love For Sale 12:37
9 The Haunted Jazz Club 6:03
10 Desperation 3:40
11 Tangerine 6:00
12 Gone With The Wind 8:11
13 Harry Flicks 5:23
14 Suddenly Last Tuesday 6:19
 
Time: 82:17
 
DISC 5
 
1 P-Town 5:18
2 I Like It Like That 2:32
3 Sweet Lorraine 3:26
4 Autumn Leaves 4:52
5 The Thing 5:00
6 I'm Tellin' Ya 4:54
7 Nagasaki 2:36
8 Morning Fun 6:15
9 Stompin' At The Savoy 6:42
10 Somebody Loves Me 6:54
11 Autumn Leaves 7:30
12 Blues In E Flat 8:58
 
Time: 64:56
 
DISC 6
 
1 Recado Bossa Nova (Part. 1) 2:38
2 Recado Bossa Nova (Part.2) 3:00
3 Cano Canoe 5:39
4 Contando A Orquestra 4:10
5 Ciume 4:15
6 Maria Ninguen 2:40
7 Sem Saudades De Voce 6:04
8 Barquinho De Papel 2:55
9 Bernie's Tune 3:02
10 Poquito Cantando 2:34
11 Tickle Toe 2:41
12 Lonesome Road 4:24
13 Instant Samba 2:28
14 They Call The Wind Maria 2:59
15 Lover Come Back To Me 5:04
16 Nature Boy 3:06
17 Reaching For The Moon 2:54
18 Don't Fool With Love 3:19
 
Time: 63:52

Total time: 450 min
 



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