I know, I know. I promised a survey of recent CDs. But a couple of writing assignments materialized, the kind that bring more than the psychic rewards associated with blogging, and I must meet the deadlines. In the meantime, here’s a link to an informal performance of “Sweet Lorraine” by Zoot Sims, Red Mitchell and Rune Gustafsson. It’s a good way to start your week: relaxed, swinging and happy. It will help you understand what Paul Desmond meant when he said that going to the Half Note and listening to Zoot was like getting your back scratched. Mitchell’s eight-bar introduction is a gem.
John Birchard says
You’re right. “A good way to start the week…”
So good to hear Zoot again and, especially, Red Mitchell. So much music died with those guys… so much soul and swing and pleasure. A lovely reminder to pull out some LPs and listen again.
Peter Bergmann says
I entirely agree. And don’t forget guitarist Rune Gustafsson whose contribution on this session, which was recorded near Stockholm, is on a par with Zoot’s and Red’s.