Electrifying Track: A Primera Vez


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Two Jims and Zoot (1964) is a spectacular album that began as guitarist Jimmy Raney's idea. For some time, he had wanted to record an album with two guitars. When guitarist Jim Hall became available, the pair added tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson. On the album, the quintet takes on A Primera Vez (For the First Time) by Guy Mardel and Ralph Bernet. The ensembles opens the song swinging, with Sims taking the first solo. Next comes an extraordinary solo by Raney, followed by Hall's jagged attack. If you don't already have this one, it's a must own. Here's A Primera Vez...

And here's the entire album...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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