Zoot Sims and The Gershwin Brothers {Pablo}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Along with his album with Count Basie (Basie and Zoot) during the same period, this is one of Sims’ most exciting recordings of his career. Greatly assisted by pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Grady Tate, he explores ten songs written by George and Ira Gershwin. Somehow the magic was definitely present and, whether it be stomps such as “The Man I Love,” “Lady Be Good,” and “I Got Rhythm” or warm ballads (including “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Embraceable You”), Zoot Sims is heard at the peak of his powers. A true gem.

Tracks:
01 – The Man I Love
02 – How Long has This Been Going On
03 – Lady Be Good
04 – I’ve Got a Crush on You
05 – I Got Rhythm
06 – Embraceable You
07 – ‘S Wonderful
08 – Someone to Watch Over Me
09 – Isn’t it a Pity
10 – Summertime
11 – They Can’t Take That Away from Me (bonus track)

Personnel:
Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
Oscar Peterson – piano
Joe Pass – guitar
George Mraz – bass
Grady Tate – drums

Recorded at RCA Recording Studios, New York; June 6, 1975.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson – Very Tall {Verve}[MFSL]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

This first matchup on records between pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Milt Jackson was so logical that it is surprising it did not occur five years earlier. Originally recorded for Verve and three decades later reissued on this audiophile CD by Mobile Fidelity, the quartet set (which also includes bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen) swings as hard as one might expect. Highlights include “On Green Dolphin Street,” “The Work Song,” “John Brown’s Body” (a jam on “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) and “Reunion Blues.” Fortunately O.P. and Bags would meet up on records many times in the future (particularly during their Pablo years) but this first effort is a particularly strong set.

Tracks:
01 – Green Dolphin Street
02 – Heartstrings
03 – The Work Song
04 – John Brown’s Body
05 – A Wonderful Guy
06 – Reunion Blues

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Milt Jackson – vibes
Ray Brown – bass
Ed Thigpen – drums

Recorded on December, 1961

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, covers

Benny Carter – A Gentleman and His Music {Concord}


Review by Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

For this 1985 session, altoist Benny Carter (then a week short of turning 78 years old) is teamed with the lyrical trumpeter Joe Wilder and the Concord All-Stars, a contingent that also features tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Ed Bickert and pianist Gene Harris. The results are predictably excellent with the septet swinging with spirit and creativity on four standards, a blues and Carter’s original “A Kiss from You.” This album is well worth tracking down.

Tracks:
01 – Sometimes I’m Happy
02 – A Kiss from You
03 – Blues for George
04 – Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
05 – Lover Man
06 – Idaho

Personnel:
Benny Carter – alto saxophone
Joe Wilder – trumpet and flugelhorn
Scott Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Ed Bickert – guitar
Gene Harris – piano
John Clayton – bass
Jimmie Smith – drums

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California, August 1985

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Stan Getz with Cal Tjader {Fantasy}[xrcd]


Review by Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com)

An amazing ad-hoc session, thrown together in a San Francisco studio with now legendary personnel from two different groups. The lineup says it all — a meeting of the Latin jazz maestro and the future champion of Brazilian jazz, plus, from Tjader’s group, Vince Guaraldi on piano and guitarist Eddie Duran, and from Getz’s band, the then unknown teenager Scott LaFaro on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. A moment for the history books is an 11-minute workout on Guaraldi’s pentatonic souvenir of Tokyo, “Ginza Samba,” where the fast-samba theme finds Getz blowing to a Brazilian rhythm four years before “Desafinado.” The jamming, though, is in a straight-ahead bebop groove where Getz’s eloquence unfolds with almost unearthly ease. The rest of the album alternates between lyric ballads and solid, though non-Latin, swinging where Tjader, Guaraldi, and Duran graft onto the great Getz rhythm section like they’ve been playing together for decades (check out the funky combustion on “Crow’s Nest”). Collectors’ note: when Getz became a bossa nova star, this album was reissued in 1963 as Stan Getz With Cal Tjader with a different set of liner notes and remains available on LP and cassette in this form.

Tracks:
01 – Ginza Samba
02 – I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
03 – For All We Know
04 – Crow’s Nest
05 – Liz-Anne
06 – Big Bear
07 – My Buddy

Personnel:
Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
Cal Tjader – vibes
Vince Guaraldi – piano
Eddie Duran – guitar
Scott LaFaro – bass
Billy Higgins – drums

Recorded at Circle Record Studios, San Francisco; February 8, 1958.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork