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The Tenor Giants featuring Oscar Peterson by Zoot Sims and Eddie

Ty Cobb felt that Joe Jackson had the most natural swing he had ever seen. My candidate for winner in that category is Zoot and he proves it again on this CD. During the fifties he collaborated with Al Cohn, another of Woody's Four Brothers. Eddie Davis, with that big Hawkins sound, chose top gun tenor Johnny Griffin as his partner. Fortunately for us, in 1975 Norman Granz put together a European tour pairing up Zoot and Jaws and providing them with a rhythm section of Oscar, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Louis Bellson. Zoot and Jaws seemed meant for each other with Jaws adding passion and contrast to what had been a California cool sound.

The resulting CD is a tasty mix of swingers and ballads. The twin tenors blister their way through "The Man I Love" and two jam session stalwarts," Out Of Nowhere" and " There Will Never Be Another You." "Tangerine" swings lightly. In Dizzy's bop version of "Whispering", "Groovin' High" you sense the impatience of three-year olds at the starting gate during the traditional unison opener-and then they're off and running! The twosome also has a way with a ballad. Zoot provides a torchy "My Old Flame". Jaws does the same on "Don't Worry About Me." "Ghost of a Chance" is oh-so-pretty from Zoot's opening to Lockjaw's Webster-like choruses and cadenza.

Eddie Davis said of his earlier combo that they were "presenting two styles of playing tenor-a contrast, not a contest." This is equally true of "The Tenor Giants." Enjoy!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Zoot Sims and Eddie
  • CD Title: The Tenor Giants featuring Oscar Peterson
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Pablo
  • Rating: Five Stars
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