Re: Zoot Sims
Zoot usually played an old Selmer Super Sax (or Cigar Cutter) with a black rubber Brilhart. He was one of my earliest influences and I've listened to a lot of his work. He started out with Woody Herman's big band, I think, then had a quartet for years in the 1950's, played with Gerry Mulligan's various groups at times - notably with The Concert Jazz Band in the early 1960's - and played with many small groups in the 1970's - among many other associations. Zoot is known as a swinger, in that he had an inate sense of rhythm that did not get lost despite the improvisational complexity.
Glad you all remember my favorite jazz tenor man.