Zoot
  • CAT # OJCCD-228-2

    1. Why Cry? 5:51
    2. Echoes Of You 7:10
    3. Swim Jim 7:06
    4. Here And Now 4:52
    5. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) 4:28
    6. Osmosis 2:40
    7. Taking A Chance On Love 5:15

Zoot Sims made his only Riverside appearance as a leader early in his long career, on this 1956 album that offers a rather odd assortment of talent. Pianist/arranger George Handy did some notable writing in the Forties for the legendary early-modern Boyd Raeburn orchestra, but never fulfilled that promise; Osie Johnson on drums and trumpeter Nick Travis were mainly known as studio musicians; and Wilbur Ware, then newly-arrived on the scene, was basically a hard-bop bassist. The intriguingly constructed material is largely by Handy (although some long-forgotten contractual problems led to his wife being credited as composer!)--and somehow Zoot brings it all together with some remarkable, swinging work on both alto and tenor.

with Nick Travis, George Handy, Wilbur Ware, Osie Johnson

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