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Easy As Pie-Live at the Left Bank [Live]

Al CohnAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Ryko Distribution
  • ASIN: B0000516V2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Nourishment by Two Super Servers January 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
My latest cd acquisition is "Easy As Pie" by Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. This was issued last year on LabelM, a division of PDSE records. I first heard about it as an previously unissued live recording from 1968. Label M had acquired the rights to issue recordings of live performances from the Left Bank Jazz Society in Baltimore, MD. My title is a quote from the liner notes by Ira Gitler. I enjoy and respect for all sorts of music. However, jazz saxophone, playing and listening, is what makes my heart sing. It's here on this CD.
From the outset, it's clear that this is going to be a special recording. The opener is the ending of the piece, Tickle Toe, by Lester Young, by whom each player was influenced. The players swing hard on a variety of pieces at a variety of tempos and feels. Sims is the lone soloist on the last two pieces.
Sims and Cohn met as members of the Woody Herman "Four Brothers" band in the late 40's. They developed a lifelong friendship and collaborated frequently. As one of the most recorded tenor duos in jazz history, these men were very familiar with each other musically. Their familiarity and friendship shows up in constructing solo lines and swapping musical quotes as they "trade fours" during solos and play in perfect unison or harmony during the melodies. You can
hear their respect for each other and joy in playing in every note.
The rhythm section includes Dave Frishberg (later known as a great composer and lyricist ("Peel Me A Grape", "My Attorney, Bernie"), Victor Sproles on bass and Donald McDonald on drums. They provide strong support throughout. Also supporting is a vibrant, appreciative crowd, who audibly spurs them on.
The cuts all feature great tenor playing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Evening Rocks! March 22, 2001
By C Kane
Format:Audio CD
This is one, swingin' night in Baltimore 1968, at the Famous Ballroom, before a live audience filled with members of the Left Bank Jazz Society. The atmosphere is electric, reminding me of how exciting it is to hear live music in a small club. No one's sitting still at their tables here. Zoot Sims and Al Cohn make gorgeous music together, exchanging solos and playing duets, and backed by an excellent rhythm section -- and a piano that definitely belongs to the joint (and not the pianist)!
There are some terrific ballads here too -- particularly "Willow Weep for Me," played by Sims, which practically becomes a religious experience for some audience members. "Recado Bossa Nova" is the swingin'-est bossa nova tune I've heard in years -- Sims sounds like a jumpin' Stan Getz here.
My only qualm with the entire recording is that it fades in and fades out at the top and bottom, perhaps due to the fact that this is part of a private tape collection that producer Joel Dorn spent years to obtain from the Left Bank Jazz Society.
I'm sorry I missed this evening back in 1968 -- but hearing this CD almost transports me back. Grab it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love the sax... October 6, 2009
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How can you top Zoot Sims and Al Cohen? Forget about it.
For fans of jazz. I only wish that they had included a longer version of Recado Bossa Nova here.
But hey, what you get is a terrific CD anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AL AND ZOOT ARE ALL REET January 17, 2014
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I apologize for the tacky headline because there is nothing tacky about the music. Cohn and Sims are so marvelous together .Their absolute osmosis when they play is something short of a minor "miracle " for jazz . They were basically the house band at the old Half Note Club that was comfortably ensconced at the corner of Hudson & Spring Streets in the West Village in NYC. The now defunct WABC-FM used to do remotes from there with NY jazz DJ Alan Grant hosting the festivities . Someone must have those tapes , if they were not mistakenly erased as was the process sometimes in that era , but what a marvel if ever those broadcasts were ever released.

This one night at the Left Bank Club in Bal'mor is as close as those nights at the Half Note can get . Relaxed post bop stylings , unintrusive but inventive solos and a swinging time to be had by all.
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