Stan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn/Zoot Sims: Recorded Fall 1961, You (2002)
You ’N Me by the Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet of 1960, features the two great tenors backed by Mose Allison, Major Holley, and Osie Johnson. Dave Frishberg’s new, nostalgic liner notes are a pleasure, but you’ll also want to refer to producer Leonard Feather’s original jottings for the solo identifications. The most unusual track is the last one, the self-explanatory "Improvisation for Unaccompanied Saxophones," which finds Zoot and Al taking turns over a jaunty repeated riff. A close second is "Angel Eyes," a novelty feature for Major Holley, who bows the melody and solo while unison-scatting in a buzzy, hilarious growl, with Zoot and Al providing clarinet background lines. (Holley overdubs a pizzicato line as well.) The band swings at an even keel throughout the session, and Allison turns in fine, distinctive solos. Other highlights include the standards "Love for Sale" and "You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To," Cohn originals "The Note" and "You ’N Me," and Bill Potts’s soulful stop-time shouter "The Opener."
Track Listing: Getz/Brookmeyer: 1. Minuet Circa
Personnel: Getz/Brookmeyer: Stan Getz, tenor saxophone; Bob Brookmeyer, valve trombone; Steve Kuhn, piano; John Neves, bass; Roy Haynes, drums
Cohn/Sims: Al Cohn, tenor saxophone; Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone; Mose Allison, piano; Major Holley, bass; Osie Johnson, drums
Record Label: Verve Music Group