Zoot Sims

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Hawthorne Nights

Zoot Sims fronts a nine-piece band arranged by Bill Holman in 1976. This is a highly atmospheric album of swinging jazz, packed full of great melodies, arrangements, and solos; it also includes a rare and melancholy Sims vocal on ‘Dark Cloud’. The highlight is the hard-swinging title track, which is meticulously planned by Holman, and features a very memorable tenor solo: explorative when the rhythm section first kicks in, a short glissando signals that it is time to lighten-up and swing as only Sims could.