Zoot Sims - Down Home (Mono)
Zoot Sims - Down Home (Mono)
Zoot Sims - Down Home (Mono)
Zoot Sims - Down Home (Mono)
Zoot Sims - Down Home (Mono)
Zoot Sims - Down Home (Mono)

Zoot Sims - Down Home (Mono)

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Zoot Sims (Tenor Saxophone)  [click here to see more vinyl featuring Zoot Sims]

Dave McKenna (Piano),

George Tucker (Bass)

Dannie Richmond (Drums)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape: YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press: Pallas

Label: Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Bethlelem

Recorded in New York on June 7, 1960

Produced by Teddy Charles

Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1960

Reissued in September 2013


Tracks :

Side A :

1. Jive At Five
2. Doggin' Around
3. Avalon
4. I Cried For You

Side B :

1. Bill Bailey
2. Goodnight Sweetheart
3. There'll Be Some Changes Made
4. I've Heard That Blues Before


Reviews :

« Tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims recorded on a regular basis as a leader for most of 45 years, and virtually all of his many sessions are worth acquiring. Sims's Bethlehem date also gives one a look at the great pianist Dave McKenna in his early days, along with bassist George Tucker and drummer Dannie Richmond. Sims mostly explores standards from the swing era (including a rare version of "Bill Bailey") on this enjoyable and consistently swinging set. » AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

"Recorded in 1960 (when tenor players were adopting less structured constructs), Down Home embraces band arrangements. With a skilled rhythm section (Dave McKenna/piano; George Tucker/bass and Dannie Richmond/drums), Sims breathes life into traditional songs... Pure Pleasure Records has achieved its customary, dynamic engineering on Zoot Sims – Down Home. Even in mono fidelity, the overall sound quality is vibrant and sharp. The topical liner notes (by Ira Gitler) divulge insight into the sessions. While not a groundbreaking release, this is one album that stands the test of time." Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition

“John Haley "Zoot" Sims had built a solid career by the time he recorded Down Home, although not one rife with innovation. Heavily influenced by Lester Young, Sims combined a heavy dose of West Coast cool and plenty of swing to create a style that was always accessible. None of the songs here is a Sims composition (he rarely wrote his own music), but just listen to him go on "Bill Bailey," for instance, using all of his wiles to draw you in to the tune. With Dave McKenna on piano, George Tucker on bass and, taking a break from his work with Charles Mingus, Dannie Richmond on drums, the rhythm section laid down the perfect beat for Sims to glide over.” John Crossett, The Audio Beat, July 2014


Ratings :

AllMusic: 4 / 5  ; Discogs :  '4.18 / 5  ; The Audio Beat : Music 4 / 5, Sound 4 / 5

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