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Sims, Zoot - In A Sentimental Mood (2011)

Zoot Sims  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zoot Sims
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052Y0FE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a film shot just months before he died in 1985, legendary saxophonist Zoot Sims plays such jazz classics as ""Gone with the Wind,"" ""In a Sentimental Mood,"" ""Autumn Leaves,"" and ""Castle Blues."" With Red Mitchell on bass and Rune Gustafsson on guitar.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoot Trio In Sweden February 27, 2012
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What a treat this video is! You get to find out for sure that Zoot used the same 1935 Radio Improved Selmer tenor virtually his entire career. He bought the horn used when he was a teenager in the Benny Goodman band. Red Mitchell, the bassist on this session interviews Zoot between numbers to good effect. The sound and video quality is quite good and the musicianship is top notch, despite the fact that Zoot was destined to pass away later that year.. Rune Gustafson on guitar rounds out the trio, recorded in an intimate setting.
If you are a Zoot Sims fan or just a fan of small group jazz, you will cherish this DVD. If you are new to Zoot he is regarded as one of the top saxophonists of all time. Woody Herman famously said that Zoot is one of the best rhythm sections you can have. He was known as a consummate swinger - never losing the beat despite the complexity of solo. And he almost never played a wrong note or inappropriate phrase. He said enough in his solos without having to show you how many notes he could cram in. Hope you'll consider giving Zoot a spot in your library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning audio quality!!! August 23, 2011
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Zoot fans will want to get behind this new release from a Swedish session in 1984, just months before Zoot's passing. Flanked by Red Mitchell and Rune Gustafsson in an intimate living room setting, Zoot is at his best and shows none of his age.

There's practically no video of Zoot Sims in his element, and this title immediately leaps forward as THE ONE to have and cherish. If this isn't enough, there's a running interview between Red and Zoot that plays between songs (not over them). Zoot tells stories from his extensive career.

2-ch LPCM audio is amazingly clear and well recorded, every little nuance of Zoot's technique is clearly audible. This audio is better than most CDs. The video is average for the time, nothing special but at least it doesn't detract from the experience.

I can't say it enough, if you are a Zoot Sims fan or even just curious about him, this is a must-have title. Zoot's total command of the instrument and the music is aptly displayed here along with 2 other world-class musicians. BUY THIS!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Do you know much about the jazz scene? Well, no I don't either, and I'm a long time musician. Rock and roll and jazz are miles apart though, so I figured I'd educate myself with this DVD of one of the premier jazz musicians, Zoot Sims. It was a fun time and a journey you should take as well. Let's get the background story on this jazzman, then we'll talk a bit about the performances on this disc.

He was born in Inglewood, California, the son of vaudeville performers Kate Haley and John Sims.[2] Growing 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 his father taught him.

Following in the footsteps of Lester Young, Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophonist. Throughout his career, he played with renowned bands, including Benny Goodman, 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.

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 favorite at the New York club The Half Note. 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 the Pablo Records label of impresario Norman Granz. Zoot also played on some of Jack Kerouac's recordings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, Want More! August 26, 2011
By rayja
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The first reviewer nailed it, get it!. Any Zoot Sims fan will love this DVD. He sounds just like his swingin' self, it will sound like your cds. When it ended, my wife said, " It's over already ! ", that sums it up. Great stuff, but you will want more.
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