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Zoot Sims

Throughout his career, Zoot Sims was famous for epitomizing the swinging musician, never playing an inappropriate phrase. He always sounded inspired, and although his style did not change much after the early 1950s, Zoot's enthusiasm and creativity never wavered.

Zoot's family was involved in vaudeville, and he played drums and clarinet as a youth. His older brother, Ray Sims, developed into a fine trombonist who sounded like Bill Harris. At age 13, Sims switched permanently to the tenor, and his initial inspiration was Lester Young, although he soon developed his own cool-toned sound. Sims was a professional by the age of 15, landing his first important job with Bobby Sherwood's Orchestra, and he joined Benny Goodman's big band for the first time in 1943; he would be one of BG's favorite tenormen for the next 30 years. He recorded with Joe Bushkin in 1944, and even at that early stage, his style was largely set.

After a period in the Army, Sims was with Goodman from 1946-1947. He gained his initial fame as one of Woody Herman's "Four Brothers" during his time with the Second Herd (1947-1949). Zoot had brief stints with Buddy Rich's short-lived big band, Artie Shaw, Goodman (1950), Chubby Jackson, and Elliot Lawrence. He toured and recorded with Stan Kenton (1953) and Gerry Mulligan (1954-1956). Sims was also a star soloist with Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band of the early '60s and visited the Soviet Union with Benny Goodman in 1962. A freelancer throughout most of his career, Sims often led his own combos or co-led bands with his friend Al Cohn; the two tenors had very similar sounds and styles. Zoot started doubling on soprano quite effectively in the '70s. Through the years, he appeared in countless situations, and always seemed to come out ahead. Fortunately, Zoot Sims recorded frequently, leading sessions for Prestige, Metronome, Vogue, Dawn, Storyville, Argo, ABC-Paramount, Riverside, United Artists, Pacific Jazz, Bethlehem, Colpix, Impulse, Groove Merchant, Famous Door, Choice, Sonet, and a wonderful series for Pablo. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lost Tapes: Zoot Sims (Live)

5. Blue Night

6. Open Door

7. I Surrender Dear

8. Tangerine

9. These Foolish Things

10. I'll Remember April

11. Trotting

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Track List: Compatability

1. The Way You Look Tonight

2. Nash-Ville

3. You Don't Know What Love Is

4. Compatability

5. The Way You Look Tonight (Alt)

6. Nash-Ville (Alt)

7. You Don't Know What Love Is (Alt)

8. Compatability (Alt)

9. The Way You Look Tonight (Alt)

10. Nash-Ville

11. Studio Chatter

12. Compatability (Alt)

13. Nash-Ville

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Track List: Zoot Sims avec Henri Renaud et son orchestre

1. Captain Jetter

2. Nuzzolese Blues

3. Everything I Love

4. Evening in Paris

5. On the Alamo

6. My Old Flame

7. Little Jon Special

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Track List: 'Live' In Philly

1. That Old Devil Called Love (Live In Philly)

2. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Live In Philly)

3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Live In Philly)

4. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Live In Philly)

5. In A Mellow Tone (Live In Philly)

6. I've Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Live In Philly)

7. Theme (Live In Philly)

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Track List: Zoot Suite

1. Jitterbug Waltz

2. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

3. Tickle Toe

4. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)

5. Honesuckle Rose

6. Rocking In Rhythm

7. My Old Flame

8. In A Mellow Tone

9. Blues

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Track List: Zoot-Case

1. Exactly Like You

2. Zoot Case

3. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

4. Girl From Ipanema

5. Emily

6. Exactly Like You

7. After You've Gone

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Track List: Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers (1990 Reissue)

1. The Man I Love

2. How Long Has This Been Going On

3. Oh, Lady, Be Good!

4. I've Got A Crush On You

5. I Got Rhythm

6. Embraceable You

7. 'S Wonderful

8. Someone To Watch Over Me

9. Isn't It A Pity?

10. Summertime

11. They Can't Take That Away From Me

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Track List: Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There

1. Cinnamon And Clove

2. A Time For Love

3. Zoot

4. Quietly There

5. Emily

6. Low Life

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Track List: Suddenly It's Spring

1. Brahms...I Think

2. I Can't Get Started

3. MacGuffie's Blues

4. In The Middle Of A Kiss

5. So Long

6. Never Let Me Go

7. Suddenly It's Spring

8. Emaline

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Track List: I Wish I Were Twins

1. I Wish I Were Twins

2. Georgia On My Mind

3. Changes

4. The Touch Of Your Lips

5. The Fish Horn

6. Come Closer To Me

7. You Go Your Way

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Track List: The Swinger

1. The Moon Is Low

2. Now I Lay Me Down To Dream Of You

3. On The Alamo

4. Danielle

5. Mr J.R. Blues

6. Jeep Is Jumping

7. She's Funny That Way

8. Dream Of You

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Track List: Passion Flower - Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington

1. It Don't Mean A Thing

2. In A Mellow Tone

3. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)

4. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

5. Black Butterfly

6. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

7. Your Love Has Faded

8. Bojangles

9. Passion Flower

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Track List: For Lady Day

1. Easy Living

2. That Ole Devil Called Love

3. Some Other Spring

4. I Cover The Waterfront

5. You Go To My Head

6. I Cried For You

7. Body And Soul

8. Trav'lin' Light

9. You're My Thrill

10. No More

11. My Man

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Track List: Soprano Sax

1. Someday, Sweetheart

2. Moonlight In Vermont

3. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)

4. Blues For Louise

5. Willow Weep For Me

6. Wrap Up

7. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You

8. Baubles, Bangles And Beads

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Track List: Hawthorne Nights

1. Hawthorn Nights

2. Main Stem

3. More Than You Know

4. Only A Rose

5. The Girl From Ipanema

6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (1977)

7. Fillings

8. Dark Cloud

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Track List: Zoot Sims & The Gershwin Brothers

1. The Man I Love

2. How Long Has This Been Going On

3. Oh, Lady, Be Good!

4. I've Got A Crush On You

5. I Got Rhythm

6. Embraceable You

7. 'S Wonderful

8. Someone To Watch Over Me

9. Isn't It A Pity

10. Summertime

11. They Can't Take That Away From Me

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Track List: Waiting Game

1. Old Folks

2. I Wish I Knew

3. Once We Loved

4. It's A Blue World

5. September Song

6. Over The Rainbow

7. Stella By Starlight

8. One I Could Have Loved

9. You Go To My Head

10. Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon?

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jadiefloyd
Don't try this it actually works 1. Kiss ur left hand 2. Say ur crushes name 3. Close ur hand 4. Pick a school day 5. Say ur name 6. Post this on 5 other songs and ur crush will ask u out on that day.
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Here is one for discography - album Zoot at Ease originally on Famous Door records, also Mobile Fidelity, currently on a label named Progressive I think. It's my favorite Zoot Sims album.
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i knew zoot as a kid and many times play with his childrenwho were my age .my dad was in woody herman's band with him . his name was marky markowitz and he played trumpet for 50 years professional l y nyc.
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patedk
Coltrane and Zoot, jazz is a big tent.
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jrvinson45
I met Zoot in the early '60's and was won over as a fan. Someone once made the comment that "Zoot swings like a wrecking ball." I think "swings" is a term invented just to describe his sound... he's the only horn player I've heard that actually lays it down for the rhythm section to follow. A master.
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marvemerling
Zoot Sims was the epitome on tenor. Swings, melodic, never disappoints. He and Bill Harris were always two favorites; but whatever happened to his brother Ray? He and Stan Getz did it all. Coltrane's acrobatics ruined tenor players for a long time.
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Zoots version of Moonlight in Vermont on soprano sax is unmatchable.
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jjhull
PLEASE add more albums by this artist to the discography!
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His name is Zoot! He wears a suit!
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Zoot the hardest swinging sax. He was and is my idol. I try to pattern my solos after him and his inspiration.

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