Zoot Sims – Down Home

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Billboard magazine called it an “unusual album”, in that Sims “applied his improvisational skill to a number of real oldies”. The magazine reviewed the singles as well, noting the “all-star rhythm section” and generally saying the songs were “perfect for jazz jukeboxes”. Down Beat called it “a marvellous example of Sims’ ability to swing”.

Scott Yanow, writing for AllMusic, called it “enjoyable and consistently swinging”, noting that it “gives one a look at the great pianist Dave McKenna in his early days”. The Penguin Guide to Jazz described it as “a classic Zoot date, with the saxophonist swinging as hard as ever and McKenna offering his characteristic full-blooded support”.

Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
Dave McKenna – piano
George Tucker – double bass
Dannie Richmond – drums


Released July 1960
Recorded June 7, 1960
Length: 1:12:44
Label: Bethlehem Records
Producer: Teddy Charles


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