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August 22, 2010


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Chris Galuman

What is the title of the album that Zoot Sims over dubbed saxes. I think it was issued on A&M. Is it available anywhere?

Rab Hines

"Zoot Sims plays Alto, Tenor, and Baritone" had 5 overdubbed tracks. It is out of print, I believe, but shows up in used CD stores and e-bay. It is also part of a 2-for-1 release called "That Old Feeling", which is available in used CD places. Perhaps the easiest way is to get it through the recent Quadromania sets releases.


The Zoot album was reissued on Fresh Sound as "Plays Alto, Tenor and Baritone." (Arr. George Handy, one vocal by Zoot.) Elmo's wife Bertha (later Walter Booker's wife) was also a great jazz pianist. I highly recommend the four albums that she made in the '90s, one of which also features Jr. Cook in peak form. All four are fantastic! Conrad Herwig also made a of "Latin Side of Coltrane" album which is excellent, as are a similar series by Jerry Gonzales and Ft. Apache. Of course JG has been doing this sort of thing for years, as did Tito Puente and many others.

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