Zoot Sims Down Home on LP
Verse Music Group and Naxos of America are happy to announce they will be joining forces to reissue the iconic 1950’s jazz catalog of Bethlehem Records. The label's lengthy discography contains over 250 albums that freshly and ambitiously captured an era of music, including West Coast Cool Jazz and East Coast Bop. Their roster of artists included Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, and Duke Ellington among others.
For some of these legendary artists, the Bethlehem recordings represent their classic debuts, and still for others, their greatest recorded work to date. Each track has been restored from the original analog sound recording and was remastered to meet the highest level of clarity and quality standards. For the first time in decades, each of the titles will be available in their original configuration on vinyl LP. The label's progressive cover art truly revolutionized the jazz market and each release will also include fully restored, original artwork and liner notes.
Tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims grew up during both the swing era and the early years of bop where he absorbed the basic roots of jazz and his potent playing wonderfully embodies those periods and more. There's a reason he's credited as the Great Zoot Sims on 1960's Down Home, a mid-career masterwork, recorded with pianist Dave McKenna, bassist George Tucker and drummer Dannie Richmond which Downbeat accurately summed up as "a marvelous example of Sims' ability to swing and the best of all possible arguments for blowing sessions."
Zoot Sims (tenor saxophone)
Dave McKenna (piano)
George Tucker (bass)
Dannie Richmond (drums)
Zoot Sims Down Home Track Listing:
1. Jive At Five
2. Doggin' Around
4. I Cried For You
5. Bill Bailey
6. Goodnight, Sweetheart
7. There'll Be Some Changes made
8. I've Heard That Blues Before