Jazz Alive! A Night At The Half Note
  • Al Cohn & Zoot Sims
    Al Cohn & Zoot Sims
  • Phil Woods
    Phil Woods
  • Mose Allison
    Mose Allison

Al Cohn & Zoot Sims

Jazz Alive! A Night At The Half Note

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Zoot Sims, Al Cohn (ts), Phil Woods (as), Mose Allison (p), Knobby Totah (b), Paul Motian (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1643

Bar code: 8427328616430


This is improvised modern jazz at its best, just as it was presented nightly at the Half Note, one of New Yorks top jazz spots! The recording took place during a successful Zoot Sims-Al Cohn quintet engagement early in 1959, with altoist Phil Woods joining in on two tunes. These performances give the listener ample opportunity to enjoy the solo improvisations and interplay of the saxophonists. The rhythm section is devoted primarily to back the hornmen, but Mose Allisons solo piano is not to be dismissed. If you never had the chance to visit the Half Note, then this set is a must.

01. Lover Come Back to Me (Hammerstein-Romberg) 9:01
02. It Had to Be You (Jones-Kahn) 10:14
03. Wee Dot (Johnson-Parker) 8:58
04. After Youve Gone (Creamer-Layton) 11:25

Album details

Originally issued in LP as United Artists UAS 5040.

Zoot Sims, Al Cohn (tenor saxes), Phil Woods (alto sax on #3 & 4), Mose Allison (piano), Knobby Totah (bass), Paul Motian (drums).
Recorded live at the Half Note, New York City, February 6 & 7 (#3-4), 1959

Sound engineer: Dick Olmsted
Liner Notes: Ira Gitler
Cover art: Bacon-Braren-Lewine
Photography: Lawrence N. Shustak

Original recordings produced by Jack Lewis
This CD reissue produced by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Zoot Sims and Al Cohn always made great music together; this live recording documents portions of two nights' work together at the Half Note in New York City, assisted by pianist Mose Allison, bassist Nabil Totah and drummer Paul Motian. Their brisk setting of "Lover, Come Back to Me" features Cohn, Sims and Allison soloing in turn, building the fire before the eventual trading of fours between the tenor saxophonists. After a relaxed rendition of "It Had to Be You," alto saxophonist Phil Woods is added to the mix for the next two numbers, recorded the very next evening. The guest sets up the percolating mid-tempo setting of "Wee Dot," with the tenors following him. The delightful interplay within the long workout of "After You've Gone" signals the chemistry between the three friends. Bop and cool fans will want to make any effort to hear this excellent release."

Ken Dryden -All Music Guide


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