Although Al and Zoot recorded this session in 1959, this simpatico tenor duo would continue to record together right until the late 70s. Jazz Alive! gives you a taste of a "typical" night at a hot New York jazz club. Sims and Cohn are accompanied by the rhythm team of Mose Allison (piano), Paul Motian (drums) and Nabil Totah (bass) on the first two tracks and then high-flying altoist Phil Woods joins the group for two more numbers. The program of three extended standards and the bop classic Wee Dot gives all the participants ample room to stretch. Al and Zoot engage in some lyrical, good natured tenor jousts; trading "fours" and intermingling complementary lead lines. Both men swing like crazy! Phil's harder, inscive alto sound stands in stark contrast to his mellower tenor cohorts. Another fine reissue from the historic BlueNote catalog. 4-5 stars.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.