Zoot Sims - Brother in Swing

Always renowned for his ability to swing, John Haley “Zoot” Sims was very consistent throughout his career. Sims played drums and clarinet before switching to tenor when he was 13, and his main influence was Lester Young. In time Sims developed his own musical personality. Along the way he worked with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman’s Second Herd (1947-49), Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton, Gerry Mulligan and his good friend Al Cohn. But much of the time Zoot Sims was heard as the leader of freewheeling quartets, jamming his favorite songs and never running out of ideas.

Brother In Swing was recorded in 1950 when Sims was visiting Paris with Benny Goodman. Heading a group also including pianist Gerry Wiggins, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke, the cool-toned but hard swinging tenor is in top form on eight titles plus five equally rewarding alternate takes. Zoot Sims shows that his flow of ideas was endless as he swings his way through this easily enjoyable CD.


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Night and Day Night and Day (Alt. Take) The Big Shot Slingin' Hash Slingin' Hash Tenorly Tenorly (Alt. Take) Tenorly (Alt. Take II) Zoot and Zoot I Understand I Understand (Alt. Take) Don't Worry About Me Crystal

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Zoot Sims
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Gerry Wiggins, Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke
SKU IC7005


Customer Reviews (2)

Zoot SimsReview by Simon Sez
What does it mean to swing? Count Basie, when asked how someone knows that the music is swinging, said “Tap your foot.” No one ever had trouble tapping their feet to Zoot Sims. It was said that if he was pushed out of bed, Zoot would still be swinging. Having never seen him fall out of bed (would he have had his tenor with him?), I’ll have to take their word for it. But if proof were needed that Zoot always swung, his playing on Brother In Swing could be exhibit A.
On this CD, Zoot Sims is backed by a quiet and steady rhythm section, one so tasteful and supportive that it was completely up to Zoot to make the music exciting. Well don’t worry, no one will fall asleep during this album. True to his reputation, Zoot makes every chorus swinging, really pushing the other players to be at their best. The music will keep one tapping their feet.

Simon Sez: Always a great swinger, Zoot Sims on Brother In Swing (IC7005) makes every chorus exciting and even excites his quiet sidemen.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by Scott Yanow
With the exception of five songs recorded in Sweden two months earlier, the music on this out-of-print Inner City LP (material licensed from the French Vogue label) is from the first recording session led by tenor-saxophonist Zoot Sims. Sims, heard in a quartet with pianist Gerry Wiggins, bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke, performs eight selections plus is heard on five alternate takes. Twenty-five at the time, a veteran of Woody Herman's "Four Brothers" band and currently touring Europe with Benny Goodman's Sextet, Zoot Sims was more influenced by Lester Young than he would be a few years later but he was already a hard-swinger. Historic and enjoyable music. (Posted on 6/14/2013)

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