"God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit." - Johnny Cash
From the vinyl album Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel "Quietly There" (1984 recording)
Bass – Chuck Berghofer
Drums – Nick Ceroli
Engineer – Allen Sides
Percussion – Victor Feldman
Piano – Mike Wofford
Producer – Norman Granz
Tenor Saxophone – Zoot Sims
John Haley "Zoot" Sims (October 29, 1925 – March 23, 1985) was an American jazz saxophonist, playing mainly tenor but also alto (and, later, soprano) saxophone. He first gained attention in the "Four Brothers" sax section of Woody Herman's big band, afterward enjoying a long solo career, often in partnership with fellow saxmen Gerry Mulligan and Al Cohn.
Later in his career, Sims continued to evolve as a player. According to saxophonist and composer Bill Holman, Zoot's tone aged and became gruffer, and he expanded his repertoire thanks to the influence of pianist Jimmy Rowles. But he never gave up on what many consider his greatest asset: his incredible sense of swing. "No matter what he played, it was perfectly in time," said saxophonist Harry Allen. "If you were making your own perfect saxophone player up in your head, that's where you'd put the notes. And [Sims] managed to do that without fail."
By the early '80s, a weakened liver forced Sims to quit drinking. His health improved at first, but he soon learned that he had cancer. "If I can't play, then what can I do?" he asked bassist Red Mitchell in an interview only a few months before he died. Zoot Sims continued to perform up until his death in 1985, and he never lost touch with the swing that had always enlivened his playing. (source: https://www.npr.org/2008/03/19/88488393/zoot-sims-brother-of-swing )
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As much as possible, I attempted to remove most of the pops and crackles from the original vinyl album.
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