Count Basie and Zoot Sims – Basie & Zoot (Full Album)

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Basie & Zoot is a 1975 studio album by Count Basie and Zoot Sims.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
This is a classic encounter in the Original Jazz Classics series. Pianist Count Basie (in his best-small group outing of the 1970s) and tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims were mutually inspired by each other’s presence and, with the tasteful assistance of bassist John Heard and drummer Louie Bellson, they can be heard playing at the peak of their creative powers. Every listener interested in swinging jazz should pick up this disc, if only to hear these hard-charging versions of “I Never Knew,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” and “Honeysuckle Rose.” A gem, and essential music.

Track listing:
“I Never Knew” (Ted Fio Rito, Gus Kahn) – 4:38
“It’s Only a Paper Moon” (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Billy Rose) – 5:33
“Blues for Nat Cole” (Count Basie, Zoot Sims) – 6:32
“Captain Bligh” (Basie, Sims) – 6:36
“Honeysuckle Rose” (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 6:23
“Hardav” (Basie, Sims) – 4:41
“Mean to Me” (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) – 6:30
“I Surrender, Dear” (Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford) – 6:05

Count Basie – piano
Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
John Heard – double bass
Louie Bellson – drums

Released: 1975
Recorded: April 9, 1975
Length: 46:58
Label: Pablo
Producer: Norman Granz