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What Is This Thing Called Love? Tooz Blues Not So Deep Take Ten Mynah Blooze Watch What Happens There Will Never Be Another You Willow Weep For Me
|Soloist/Artist||Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli|
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
Customer Reviews (3)
- "Zoot and Bucky Toot!"Review by Big Toots
I’d be willing to wager that eventually certain Swing Era hipster verbiage (if not the iconic haberdashery) – in this case “zoot” – will once again make its way into jazz circles and perhaps gain even wider acceptance and usage in pop culture’s lingo. Maybe if the masses caught an aural glimpse of Messrs. Sims and Pizzarelli from this outstanding recording, “Zoot” might become more than a Muppet Show sax man’s moniker.
The pairing of Sims and Pizzarelli here is a production stroke of genius. Both men emanate from a classic swing background (Pizzarelli via Benny Goodman and Sims via Woody Herman) and that tradition is delivered in buckets here. Zoot and Bucky swing hard in deed and indeed as they cover eight selections, including four jazz standards (”What is this Thing Called Love?,” “Willow Weep for Me,” “Watch What Happens,” and “There Will Never Be another You”). Across the entire session, Sims lets his well-respected creative geyser explode. He’s non-stop and non-scuffle as his endless ribbons of melody-gravitated improv ride “wild” over Pizzarelli’s robust harmonic strumming. The pair works brilliantly together and is as tasteful as can be.
Performing in a duo format with a soloist upfront places significant challenges for a guitarist. The player actually becomes a “trio,” miming keyboard, bass and drums all at once. Pizzarelli, a true accompanist Master, is ideal and up for the job. And, when soloing, he keeps that “trio” all driving below.
Whether the “zoot suit” will return in vogue is up to the European haute couture folks. However, while you’re waiting for vintage fashions to take hold, flip this side on. Zoot and Bucky will definitely grab you by your musical lapels and provide a swinging lift for what may soon be your two-toned footwear.
(Posted on 6/8/2015)
- Zoot Sims: With Bucky PizzarelliReview by Simon Sez
Recorded in 1976, Zoot and Bucky play such fun tunes as “There Will Never Be Another You” and “What Is This Thing Called Love,” come up with a few simple originals (including “Tooz Blues”), and have a great time. Listeners will find this one very easy to enjoy, for who doesn’t love Zoot and Bucky?
Simon Sez: Zoot Sims With Bucky Pizzarelli (CJ21) is an unknown but very rewarding duet album that is as great as listeners would expect from these two.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by –Scott Yanow
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