Zoot Sims: September Song - JazzWax

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May 04, 2012


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A highly individual version, thanks. Kurt Weill's immortal "September Song" (lyrics by playwright Maxwell Anderson) originally was composed for the only moderately successful Broadway musical "Knickerbocker Holiday" that premiered on Oct 19, 1938. The song was written exclusively as a solo number for actor Walter Huston who played Peter Stuyvesant in the musical. Not really a gifted singer, but the first one anyway.


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Bill Kirchner

This has been one of my "desert island" albums for 40 years. And one of my favorite jazz-soloist-with-strings records. Gary McFarland's string writing is gorgeous, and Zoot sounds wonderful, if uncharacteristically sharp in pitch on occasion. (There's also an annoyingly out-of-tune oboe player, but it's worth the effort to tune him out.)

John Cooper

I'd say that Walter Huston WAS a gifted singer. he had a very special gift of being able to put a song over w/o the use of a 'trained' voice.

Catch him singing "ALWAYS IN MY HEART" from the film of the same name from 1942. it is on YouTube. Remarkable performance.

jOhn Cooper

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