Zoot Sims: With Bucky Pizzarelli (2009)

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Zoot Sims: With Bucky Pizzarelli
This Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
1925 - 1985
sax, tenor
-Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli
b.1926
guitar
set of duets is now 33 years old but there's nary a sign of cobwebs here on a session in which the mutual pleasure of these two pros is happily apparent. If it contained only their bossa-flavored take on Michel Legrand's "Watch What Happens," it would be well worth the price. As it begins, just a deft sprinkling of Pizzarelli's notes opens a path through which flows a generous outpouring of Sims' shimmering warmth. But before we get to that gem, a breathless joint response to Cole Porter's magnificently obsessive question, "What Is This Thing Called Love?" opens the set. Even as he is consistently intensely melodic, Sims injects sprightly bursts and toots over his always ravishing tone.

Sims was a veteran of big bands during and after World War II, touring with bands including Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
, Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw
1910 - 2004
clarinet
, Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
1911 - 1979
piano
and playing in smaller groups including with Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
. On this session, a gentler tone is evident in Sims' playing, which seems especially syntonic on the Legrand tune. Pizzarelli's seven-stringer serves as a delicately muscular complement, almost as a mirroring echo supporting Sims' rhythmic strength. That same mutual delight is palpable on "Mynah Blues," with a series of exchanges which are at once unhurried and endlessly inventive. The set ends with a chairs-on-the-tables-intimate barroom closer, "Willow Weep For Me," melodically mellow to the max.

Track Listing: What Is This Thing Called Love?; Tooz Blues; Not So Deep; Take Ten; Mynah Blooze; Watch What Happens; There Will Never Be Another You; Willow Weep For Me.

Personnel: Zoot Sims: tenor saxophone; Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar.

Record Label: Classic Jazz Records

Style: Big Band


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