This Minty looking Pablo LP, engineered by the brilliant Allen Sides, has very good sound. Which is to be expected from this amazing engineer, responsible for recordings like 88 Basie Street and Kenny Burrell’s Heritage album.
This is one of the best Zoot Sims records as well. He plays beautifully. This melodic, smooth material is what he excels at. His breathy saxophone style will remind you of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. This recording captures that sound perfectly.
It also gets the sound of his reed. The recording is so transparent you can clearly hear the contribution his reed makes to his sound.
The overall impression one gets of this recording is BIG. Big stage and full size instruments — this is Cinerama sound, wall to wall and floor to ceiling. (more…)