Two Jims and Zoot

August 1, 1991 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Label: Mainstream Records
  • Copyright: 1991 Mainstream Records
  • Total Length: 40:25
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  • ASIN: B002IEW6XA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,643 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Feldman on November 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Be the first to review this item? You're damn right I will.

As a jazz guitar freak and fan of Zoot Sims' pure, rich tone, this album, for me, is the aural equivalent of heaven on earth. The color of Zoot's sound is a rich mahogany, like a beautiful woman's silken hair, and it blends exceedingly well with the deep purple hues emanating from the guitarists' hollow-bodied Gibsons. (Yes, yes, I know, Jim Hall later changed makes, but at this time [1964] he was playing a Gibson.) Hall and Raney mesh well together and both are beautifully and clearly recorded here. In fact, this album works better that the albums Raney made with Kenny Burrell (where Donald Byrd and, especially, Jackie McLean were obviously having off-days yet took up a great deal of solo space) and Doug Raney (father and son sounded fine but so similar it was hard to tell them apart). Add Zoot Sims with his ravishingly gorgeous tone, and the unobtrusive but utterly simpatico rhythm section of Steve Swallow and the always-dependable Osie Johnson, and you have one of the most astonishingly elegant jazz albums ever made. Even when these guys play uptempo, the music is relaxed, assured and in-the-pocket.

This album is perfection in every detail, musically and sonically, and is highly recommended. What these three self-assured gentlemen can do is well-known and, accordingly, every track on the album is superb, so there's nothing left to say except GET IT!

By the way, I understand that it's difficult to locate copies of this CD but the vinyl album is much easier to find both under this title and that of "Outra Vez." It's worth searching for in any format.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerlaw on March 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The slightly unusual date Two Jims and a Zoot features tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims interacting with two guitarists (Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall) while given subtle support by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson. Although the eight selections (none of which caught on as standards) had all been written recently and sometimes display the influence of bossa nova, the quiet performances could pass for 1954 rather than 1964. The cool-toned improvisations and boppish playing have a timeless quality about them although for the time period aspects of this music already sounded a bit old-fashioned.

Having said that I had this album as an LP for many years & liked it enough to replace the vinyl with a CD. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stranger2himself on June 10, 2011
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Agree with everything in the previous review. The sound is warm and 3 dimensional. Sims, Raney and Hall need no introduction. The tunes are nicely arranged, alternating between written parts and improvisation. There is great variety and all but one of the tunes - Manha de Carnaval - are seldom heard. This is not a loose blowing session, but a carefully and lovingly produced work of art from extraordinarily talented musicians.
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