Zoot Sims, George Tucker, Dannie Richmond, Dave McKenna, Bill Crow, Ed Shaughnessy
Contains Complete LP:
Down Home (Bethlehem, 1960)
1960, when this album was recorded, was one of Zoot Sims' most productive years. The performances here are recognised as being the masterpieces of Sims' middle period. Supported by a rhythm section comprising Dave McKenna (piano), George Tucker (bass) and Dannie Richmond (drums). Includes all six alternative tracks as well as the musicians commentary in the studios.
Downbeat Magazine at the time wrote: "A marvellous example of Sims' ability to swing - The best of all possible arguments for blowing sessions." Leading British jazz critic Alun Morgan has called this album "one of the most enjoyable examples of jazz tenor irrespective of style" and Sims' talents as "one of the most persuasive artists in jazz, whose ability to swing on every occasion is never in doubt".
Also includes bonus track These Foolish Things from the Bethlehems album On Campus Ivy League Jazz Concert featuring Zoot Sims fronting a quartet. The other musicians include Dave McKenna, Bill Crow and Ed Shaughnessy.
01. Jive at Five
02. Doggin' Around
04. I Cried for You
05. Bill Bailey
06. Goodnight Sweetheart
07. There'll Be Some Changes Made
08. I've Heard that Blues Before
9. There'll Be Some Changes Made (alternate)
10. Jive at Five (alternate)
11. Doggin' Around (alternate)
12. Avalon (alternate)
13. Goodnight Sweetheart (alternate)
14. Bill Bailey (alternate)
15. These Foolish Things (bonus track)
Total Time: 77:30
Personnel and dates:
Zoot Sims (ts), Dave McKenna (p), George Tucker (b), Dannie Richmond(d).
Recorded in New York City, June 7, 1960
Zoot Sims (ts), Dave McKenna (p), Bill Crow (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d).
Recorded in New York City, November 21, 1959