ズート・シムズ(Zoot Sims)がダウンビート誌の名物コーナー「TheBlindfold Test」に登場しました。(1956年9月5日号)
Buddy Collette, composer, arranger, tenor, That record moved me it was very nice. I’ll give that four stars. It’s Chico Hamilton’s group. I like all the solos and the instrumentation. The tenor sax player is pretty good in his own style.
Well, I’ll give it three stars for the way it was played, but that kind of arrangement doesn’t move me too much. I guess it tells a story, but I didn’t get any message from it. It sounds something like Jack Montrose–sometimes he writes like that.
I think some of this atonal music has value, but this particular side was unemotional to me, although it was played well.
Quincy Jones, arranger; Jimmy Nottingham, trumpet; Hank Jones, piano; Stitt, alto. The tone quality on that record seemed strange. I like the solos, but the arrangement was nothing spectacular. It sounded like Dizzy with Phil Woods on alto. The piano was excellent. I’ll rate that 3.12.
Vido Musso, tenor; Milt Bernhart, trombone. Mass hysteria! This would be good for a show opener, but I wouldn’t buy the record. It was played well, though. I heard one something like this, but I don’t know if it’s the same one. Was it Stan Kenton? At first it sounded like Vido Musso-the tone is like Vido’s, but he plays differently. Give that three stars.
5. Eddie Sho. Day by Day (Bethlehem)
Shu, tenor and alto; Bobby Scott,piano. I have no idea who that was. Anyway, I didn’t like it too much. They didn’t seem to mean it-you know, the way they played at the beginning and the end. The piano was all right and the rhythm okay, but I didn’t like the way the tenor and the alto saxophonist phrased the way they ended their notes with that little dip. It sounded too floozy. Two stars.
Paul Desmond, alto. That’s a nice, listenable record-it grooves pretty nicely. Paul Desmond plays well on that, but I thought he could have come in a little bit stronger at the end. That’s a good Brubeck record-give it three stars.
Moore, tenor; Johnny Marabuto, piano. It sounds a little like Brew MooreI’m not sure, though. It’s pretty good, and I like the tune. The tenor is a little out of tune with the piano. This was played in quite good taste, I thought, but the tenor player could have moved a little bit more and played around the melody. Two-and-a-half stars.
Jonah Jones, trumpet; Pete Brown, alto; Vic Dickenson,trombone; Price, piano. Well, I like the opening trumpet on this. I don’t know if it’s two different trumpet players or not, but with the plunger it sounded good. It’s not the greatest rhythm and blues record I’ve ever heard in my life. The trombone solo was good, but there was a bad backing on it – it was hard to distinguish it from the rigamarole behind it.
The piano made it all right-I don’t know who it was. There was a good, happy feeling on the record most of the way. Two-and-a-half stars … Oh, it was Pete Brown on alto. I used to listen to him a lot when I was younger, and it’s good to hear him again.
Lester Young, tenor; Teddy Wilson, piano; Vic Dickenson, trombone; Roy Eldridge, trumpet; Jo Jones, drums. That was a strange ending. I’ve heard much better Roy Eldridge than on this record. I like him when he plays simpler and doesn’t try to do so much. Pres sounded great at the beginning, but he seemed to get hung on some certain sound in the last chorus.
The piano killed me-sounded like Teddy Wilson. It was Jo Jones on drums-he always comes through. I’m not sure who it was on trombone-it didn’t sound like Vic Dickenson to me, but it could have been. He played very well. It was a swinging record-give it three stars.
Jerry Coker, Bill Perkins, Dick Hafer, terors; Dick Collins, trumpet; Bill Holman, arranger.Nice arrangement-I thought it was Shorty Rogers at first. The tenor solo was good, and I think it was Dick Collins on trumpet. He was very good -nice, tasty tone. It was a good, swinging tune by the old Woodchopper. I’ll give it 2.72 stars.