Zoot Sims and Bob Brookmeyer: Tonite’s Music Today (1956)
a.k.a.: Tonight’s Jazz Today
Storyville STLP 907 (US) / Vogue LAE 12047 (UK)
Black Lion BLP 60907 (1988)
01 – Mr. Moon
02 – I Hear a Rhapsody
03 – The Chant
04 – Blues
05 – Zoot’s Tune
06 – How Long Has This Been Going On?
07 – Bobby’s Tune
08 – Blue Skies
Bob Brookmeyer – valve-trombone
Zoot Sims – tenor sax, vocal
Hank Jones – piano, celeste
Wyatt Reuther – bass
Gus Johnson – drums
Recorded: New York City; January 31, 1956.
Producer: Alan Bates
Recording engineer: George Wein
Cover design: Burt Goldblatt
Liner notes: Alun Morgan
Valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer’s musical partnerships in the 1950’s with Stan Getz and especially Gerry Mulligan were celebrated but he also recorded three fine albums with tenor-saxophonist Zoot Sims in 1956 that are quite enjoyable, feature colourful jammed ensembles and hard-swinging yet cool-toned solos that owe as much to the swing tradition as to the innovations of bebop.
This Storyville CD finds Zoot and Brookmeyer accompanied by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Wyatt Reuther and drummer Gus Johnson.
Highlights include “I Hear a Rhapsody,” “Blue Skies” and Sims’s first ever recorded vocal on a “Blues.”
This release is easily recommended as is its companion Storyville CD Morning Fun.
~Scott Yanow [AMG]