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by Dark Eyes
(138 posts)
8 years ago

Zoot Sims

Hey everyone! I just found this video on youtube and was wondering what other musicians impressions were. I enjoyed it greatly. In my opinion, Zoot Sims gets passed over all the time when people are listing great players so I just wanted to show you some of his work. Enjoy youtube.com/watch?v=sEMlvrYFlYE&mode=related&search Dark Eyes (unloved thesis)

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  1. by Mactenor
    (102 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Zoot Sims

    What horn do you think he was using? It looks like a Buescher Aristocrat. What a sound he had, just great.

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    1. by Dark Eyes
      (138 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Zoot Sims

      It could have been a buescher. I was really surprised that he got such a great tone when he took so little mouthpiece. I was also surprised that he puffed his cheeks (a controversial topic in itself). He doesn't seem to be using circular breathing. But, it is a fabulous take. Dark Eyes (unloved thesis)

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      1. by syrasax
        (75 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: Zoot Sims

        Couldn't agree more Count, Zoot is inspirational. A friend of mine used to play with Zoot and called him the best he had ever played with.

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    2. by Donnie The B
      (282 posts)

      8 years ago

      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.

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