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Al Cohn Quintet (CD: Coral LPR)Al Cohn Quintet (CD: Coral LPR)
featuring Bob Brookmeyer. 


Price:  £10.99 


Al Cohn & Zoot Sims: The Sax Section (CD: Fresh Sound)
This CD contains sides made by three different groupings of reedmen and rhythm section. The usual big band section, as featured in group one, gets a fine sound and offers Al Cohn and Gene Quill a framework for some excellent soloing. John Williams is heard from, too, with his solidly swinging piano style. The second grouping, with a woodwind instrumentation lends a different coloration to the section. Peanuts Hucko is featured on clarinet, Phil Bodner plays good flute, and Boomie Richman sounds great on bass clarinet. The third set has three tenors and a baritone. A “Four Brothers” sound with Al and Zoot soloing and Hank Jones playing really lovely piano—tasty, clean, and swinging—behind them and on his own solos. As an experiment in the various shapes a sax section can be drawn in, this was a very successful project. (Absolute Distribution) 


Price:  £12.99 

Al Cohn & Zoot Sims: The Sax Section (CD: Fresh Sound)


Al Cohn & Dexter Gordon: True Blue / Silver Blue (CD: Xanadu, 2 CDs)Al Cohn & Dexter Gordon: True Blue / Silver Blue (CD: Xanadu, 2 CDs)
This 1976 session was conceived as a welcome home for Dexter Gordon after years in Europe. It documents a transformative moment both for Gordon’s career and for the jazz business – a masterclass on jam session aesthetics which produced inspired instant composition. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £19.99 


Zoot Sims: Four Classic Albums (CD: Avid, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz here presents four classic Zoot Sims albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.

"The Four Brothers – Together Again!", "From A to Z", " Zoot" and " Whooeeee". Taking their name from their saxophone stylings in the 1940’s as part of the Woody Herman band the "Four Brothers" consisted at the time of recording "Together Again" in 1957 of Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Herbie Steward and Serge Chaloff. Take a listen to the album and you will soon witness the Brothers refute the accusation that they all sounded alike! "From A to Z" finds Zoot again joined by Al Cohn alongside Ossie Johnson on drums, Milt Hinton on bass, Hank Jones on piano and Dick Sherman on trumpet recorded a year earlier in 1956 . To spot the difference between Zoot and Al, Zoot’s style is "rather light and hard" whereas Al’s "somewhat heavier and softer". "Zoot" recorded in the same year 1956 finds Zoot in a Quartet with Johnny Williams on piano, Gus Johnson on drums and Knobby Totah on bass. Here we can fully concentrate on and appreciate Zoot’s playing as he is the sole sax man on the set! Our final album, with the wonderful title " Whooeee" finds Zoot joined by legendary trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, Hank Jones at the piano, Bill Crow on bass and Jo Jones on drums, again recorded in 1956, what a busy year that was! The music here in "uncomplicated, always in the best of taste and always swinging"

All four albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever! (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Zoot Sims: Four Classic Albums (CD: Avid, 2 CDs)


Zoot Sims: Swing King (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)Zoot Sims: Swing King (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)
While he may not have been an innovator per se, Zoot Sims was one of the hardest swinging yet most lyrical players on tenor sax. As a member of Woody Herman's legendary "Four Brothers" band, Sims was in company with other players who followed in the wake of (and took their inspiration from) Lester Young, and his playing as his career went on followed this path more and more. This 2CD set presents some of the finest moments from the start of his career, drawing on recordings made with the Herman band, Stan Kenton and with small ensembles. Throughout one is struck by the taste and poise of his playing, but above all by its swing. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £9.99 


Zoot Sims: Last Of The Apple (CD: Jasmine)
Tenor saxophonist ZOOT SIMS was one of the best loved of all Jazz musicians working with big names such as Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Gerry Mulligan but this Jasmine CD presents some of his finest early work as a leader in his own right originally released on several different labels as 78s and LPs. The disc contains 5 seperate recording dates, all in his beloved quartet format, from the early 1950s, including his on-record debut as a leader made in Sweden in 1950. Some of Sims' most important early work is here such as the lengthy "East Of The Sun" and "Zoot Swings the Blues", two of the first jazz sides ever cut for release on Long Playing records. •Zoot's accompanists include the pianists DICK HYMAN, GERRY WIGGINS and JOHN LEWIS and the drummers ART BLAKEY, KENNY CLARKE and DON LAMOND. CD Includes 20 tracks and a full booklet essay by Simon Spillett. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £5.99 

Zoot Sims: Last Of The Apple (CD: Jasmine)


Zoot Sims: The Modern Art Of Jazz (CD: Dawn)Zoot Sims: The Modern Art Of Jazz (CD: Dawn)
 


Price:  £12.99 


Zoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer: Stretching Out (CD: Phoenix Jazz)
Two rare cool jazz classics - both immaculate 1958 New York sessions led by Zoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer, and both featuring Al Cohn. This release includes the complete LPs : “Stretching Out” with Harry “Sweets” Edison, trumpet, Hank Jones, piano, Freddy Green, guitar, Eddie Jones, bass, & Charlie Persip, drums; and “Kansas City Revisited” - with Paul Quinichette (ts), Nat Pierce (p), Jim Hall (g), Addison Farmer (b), Osie Johnson (d), & “Big” Miller (vcl on 2 tracks). This digipack edition has had new and careful 20-Bit Remastering. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Zoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer: Stretching Out (CD: Phoenix Jazz)


Zoot Sims: Zoot! (CD: Riverside- US Import)Zoot Sims: Zoot! (CD: Riverside- US Import)
 


Price:  £15.49 


Zoot Sims: Zoot-O-Rama (CD: Ocium)
 


Price:  £11.99 

Zoot Sims: Zoot-O-Rama (CD: Ocium)


Zoot Sims: Cookin'! (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)Zoot Sims: Cookin'! (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
Live performance from Zoot Sims (tenor sax) with British jazz stars recorded in London at Ronnie Scott’s club in 1961. With Stan Tracey, piano; Kenny Napper, bass & Jackie Dougan, drums. Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet) and Ronnie Scott (tenor sax) appear on one number.

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. Includes free MP3 download. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £18.99 

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