Zoot Sims: Sweden, 1984


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In November 1984, four months before tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims died at age 60, he performed at the library in the Sonet Records building in Lidingö, Sweden. Sims was backed by bassist Red Mitchell and guitarist Rune Gustafsson. They performed for nearly an hour, playing In a Sentimental Mood, Gone With the Wind, Castle Blues, Sweet Lorraine, 'Tis Autumn and Autumn Leaves. Zoot also was interviewed by Smith, and the results were used in between takes.

Here's Zoot Sims in action. Zoot, as you'll soon see and hear, personified swing with an imagination that never seemed to run out of lyrical ideas...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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