Monday, May 13, 2013

Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - You 'n Me

The most unusual selection on this Al Cohn-Zoot Sims set from 1960 is "Improvisation for Unaccompanied Saxophones," a short but effective two-tenor workout that, through a clever arrangement by Cohn, gives one the impression that both saxophonists are using circular breathing. Another departure is "Angel Eyes," which has both Cohn and Sims switching to clarinet and showcases Major Holley's singing and bowed bass. Otherwise, the co-leaders stick to their main instruments and enjoy swinging together with the assistance of Holley, pianist Mose Allison (who would soon be starting his own successful solo career), and drummer Osie Johnson. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Zoot Sims and Al Cohn shine on this studio set recorded in 1960, featuring standards and originals. They're joined by a young Mose Allison on piano, Major Holley on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. Among the highlights on the CD are the two Cole Porter standards, "You'd Be So NiceTo Come Home To" and "Love For Sale", along with a bass and mumbles solo on Angel Eyes, accompanied by Zoot and Al on their clarinets. Sims and Cohn are among the great tenor duos in jazz history and this CD, along with their other recorded works together, is valuable to sax players and fans alike. The length is a bit short by CD standards, but the playing is tremendous. - by John F. Temmerman,

Artist: Al Cohn & Zoot Sims Quintet
Album: You 'n Me
Year: 1960
Label: Verve (2002)
Runtime: 37:02

1.  The Note (Al Cohn) 4:11
2.  You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Cole Porter) 4:51
3.  You 'n' Me (Al Cohn) 4:40
4.  On the Alamo (Gus Kahn/Isham Jones) 4:36
5.  The Opener (Bill Potts) 3:45
6.  Angel Eyes (Earl Brent/Matt Dennis) 3:17
7.  Awful Lonely (George Handy) 4:19
8.  Love for Sale (Cole Porter) 4:59
9.  Improvisations for Unaccompanied Saxophones (Al Cohn/Zoot Sims) 2:24

Al Cohn (Tenor Saxophone)
Zoot Sims (Tenor Saxophone)
Mose Allison (Piano) - 1-8
Major Holley (Double Bass) - 1-8
Osie Johnson (Drums) - 1-8

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