Sims, Zoot - In A Sentimental Mood
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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.
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!!!!
He was born in Inglewood, California, the son of vaudeville performers Kate Haley and John Sims. 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.Read more ›
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Zoot Sims was, for me, the most consistently swinging musician I ever heard. This film combines performance footage with an interview with Zoot that captures the kind of cat that... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Joe Lang
Zoot Sims is, without a doubt, the most lyrical sax player of contemporary times.
This video provides a rare, warm look at Zoots playing and personality. Read more