Autumn 2016 in the inland Pacific Northwest is one rainstorm after another amid the glory of leaves turning color and painting the landscape. Here we see maple leaves outside Rifftides world headquarters.
Among songs that sing the praises of the fall season, Henry Nemo’s “’Tis Autumn” was a sizeable success for Woody Herman in 1941. Other notable performances of the song are on recordings by Nat Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Dorough, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker with Bill Evans and Ella Fizgerald with Joe Pass.
In 1985, on a visit to Sweden, Zoot Sims played “’Tis Autumn” in an informal session with bassist Red Mitchell and guitarist Rune Gustafsson. It reminds us that Zoot played beautifully virtually to the end of his life. He died in March of 1985.