Zoot and trumpeter Jon Eardley were in Paris in 1956 as part of the Gerry Mulligan Sextet which performed at the Olympia. They took time off to record on their own in the studios. Tracks 1-4 released on French 10 inch LP were actually a rehearsal with the Henri Renaud trio which was deemed good enough to release. The rest of this Jazz In Paris CD features a Live set by the Henri Renaud ensemble complete with vibes and guitar dwarfing the saxes, and a loud but not unruly audience.
Não É Azul, Mas É Mar é o oitavo álbum de estúdio do músico, cantor e compositor brasileiro Djavan, lançado em 1987 pela Columbia. Gravado em Los Angeles nos Estados Unidos, foi lançado no Brasil, Estados Unidos, Japão e em alguns países da Europa, sendo que nos três últimos países o álbum foi lançado na versão em inglês, intitulada Bird of Paradise. Os principais hits do álbum são "Soweto", "Me Leve" e "Dou-Não-Dou" (um dos principais hits do álbum, selecionado para entrar na trilha sonora da telenovela brasileira Mandala, em 1987) e alguns outros de destaque entre público e crítica: "Florir", "Maçã", "Doidice" e "Carnaval do Rio".
The very complementary tenors Al Cohn and Zoot Sims (whose similar styles often made them sound almost identical) teamed up many times through the years; this reissue brings back their first joint recording. Joined by either Dave McKenna or Hank Jones on piano, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Osie Johnson, and (on some selections) the forgotten trumpeter Dick Sherman, Al and Zoot avoid obvious material ("Somebody Loves Me" and "East of the Sun" are the only standards) in favor of swinging "modern" originals by Cohn, Sherman, Osie Johnson, Ralph Burns, Manny Albam, Ernie Wilkins, and Milty Gold. Zoot contributed "Tenor for Two Please, Jack," his answer to the song "Dinner for One Please, James." [Some releases add four alternate takes to the original 12-song program, giving one a good example of the occasional Cohn-Sims musical partnership.]
Inter-Action is an album by saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Zoot Sims recorded in Chicago in 1965 and released on the Cadet label. The Sims-Stitt collaboration is of particular interest as are Sims's rare alto solos on his own date. Worth searching for. Just what you'd expect with this front-line pair. Nice session.
"So Nao Toca Quem Nao Quer" (1987) was another brilliant album by the genius of Brazilian music. It's longer than any of his other studio album, which means there is even more catchy melodies than usual. Special guests are this time a.o. accordeonist Dominguinhos, guitarist Raphael Rabello and bassist Arismar do Espirito Santo. Group efforts are sandwitched by piano - vocal duets. Included is also choir that consists apparently of bandmembers relatives and friends. I think this was originally a 2-LP set, which was released by instrumental music label from Sao Paolo called Som da Gente.
Simple and elegant genius from Zoot Sims – an overlooked quartet session recorded with George Handy on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Handy was the famous arranger for the Boyd Rayburn group in the 40s, and here he arranges the whole set – and also contributes a number of original tunes – making for a very fresh session that gets Zoot far past the usual bag of well-worn standards. And with Ware on bass, there's an extra depth to the set in the rhythm department that opens things up nicely – not dramatically, but enough to allow for some more emphatic playing on the part of Sims!