Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Allen Eager, Brew Moore – The Brothers

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook:
The music on this LP recalls the airy “Four Brothers” sound that tenor saxophonists Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie Steward, and baritone saxophonist Serge Charloff, plied in Woody Herman’s band of 1947. For this outing, Steward and Charloff exit, and four become five with the addition of tenor luminaries Al Cohn, Brew Moore, and Allen Eager. The set appropriately kicks off with Gerry Mulligan’s “Five Brothers,” a tune reminiscent of Jimmy Giuffre’s original “Four Brothers” in its fluid and bouncy arrangement. Three other attractive and similarly disposed originals (one more by Mulligan and two by Cohn) complete the saxophone session from 1949, all featuring swinging statements by each soloist. A 1952 sextet date led by Sims and Cohn is also included, offering up another round of original and buoyantly swinging cuts, bolstered by lively contributions from trombonist Kai Winding and solid rhythmic support by pianist George Wallington, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Art Blakey. A fine release that nicely showcases the cool, proto-West Coast bop forged by both these soloists and Miles Davis (http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-brothers-mw0000652734).

Track Listing

1 Five Brothers (Gerry Mulligan) 3:10
2 Five Brothers [Alternate Take] (Gerry Mulligan) 3:34
3 Battle of the Saxes (Al Cohn) 3:52
4 Battleground (Al Cohn) 3:46
5 Battleground [Alternate Take] (Al Cohn) 3:31
6 Four and One Moore (Gerry Mulligan) 3:22
7 Four and One Moore [Alternate Take] (Gerry Mulligan) 3:15
8 The Red Door (Zoot Sims) 4:34
9 Zootcase (Zoot Sims) 4:18

10 Tangerine (Victor Schertzinger) 4:24
11 Morning Fun (Al Cohn) 5:37

Personnel:

Al Cohn – tenor saxophone (# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Allen Eager – tenor saxophone (# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Brew Moore – tenor saxophone (# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Stan Getz – tenor saxophone (# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
Kai Winding – trombone (# 8 9 10 11)
Gene Ramey – bass (# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Percy Heath – bass(# 8 9 10 11)
Art Blakey – drums (# 8 9 10 11)
Charlie Perry – drums (# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
George Wallington – piano (# 8 9 10 11)
Walter Bishop – piano (# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7)

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