Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Phil Woods – Jazz Alive: A Night at the Half Note (1959/2008)

Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Phil Woods - Jazz Alive: A Night at the Half Note (1959/2008)
Artist: Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Phil Woods
Album: Jazz Alive: A Night at the Half Note
Genre: Bop, Mainstream Jazz
Released: 1959/2008
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Lover, Come Back to Me
02. It Had to Be You
03. Wee Dot
04. After You’ve Gone

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Zoot Sims and Al Cohn always made great music together; this live recording documents portions of two nights’ work together at the Half Note in New York City, assisted by pianist Mose Allison, bassist Nabil Totah and drummer Paul Motian. Their brisk setting of “Lover, Come Back to Me” features Cohn, Sims and Allison soloing in turn, building the fire before the eventual trading of fours between the tenor saxophonists. After a relaxed rendition of “It Had to Be You,” alto saxophonist Phil Woods is added to the mix for the next two numbers, recorded the very next evening. The guest sets up the percolating mid-tempo setting of “Wee Dot,” with the tenors following him. The delightful interplay within the long workout of “After You’ve Gone” signals the chemistry between the three friends. Bop and cool fans will want to make any effort to hear this excellent release.
Review by Ken Dryden

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