"I remember sitting, with the saxophone section in the bend of the piano—Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Sam Marowitz and Stan Getz and Serge Chaloff when these guys would stand up to play, I would hear all this stuff coming out. When the section would play, I would hear Al Cohn. Now I didn't know him that well, but I could hear that sound coming out of the section, that soulful sound. Then when he'd stand up to play a solo, I noticed that he didn't play as slick as Stan Getz—I'm not knocking Stan Getz's playing—but he played so beautifully and soulfully, and so melodically that he made everybody else in the band—I could tell everybody in the band liked him better than anybody else. He was something else. I remember even Stan, with those cold, blue eyes of his, would look over and say, "That's it!" Needless to say, Zoot loved him and [so did] all the guys."
—Pianist Lou Levy on Woody Herman's 1948 band, in Ira Gitler's From Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s.