ZOOT SIMS IN COPENHAGEN ««««« Zoot Sims (tenor & soprano sax) Kenny Drew (p) Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (b) Ed Thigpen (drums) Danish Radio recorded these tracks live at the Slukefter Club in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Garden on August 24 1978. Saxophonist Zoot Sims visited Denmark a few times and on this occasion he had one of the greatest house trios of all time – Kenny Drew (piano), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass) and Ed Thigpen (drums) – world renowned for the backing they gave to many American giants who were so well supported on their visits to Denmark. Their eloquence, like Zoot’s, speaks for itself. Pianist Jimmy Rowles, who played in Zoot’s quartet, went to some trouble to work up a library of lesser known songs which would suit the tenorist and In The Middle Of A Kiss, included on this CD, is one of the ones he chose. The very fine « Storyville » label reissues a new serie called « In Copenhagen », remastered with class. These are from rare live concerts made by famous americans musicians visiting Denmark. Jean-Michel Reisser, Lausanne, Switzerland Zoot Sims This one is a great gift of Zoot with a very confortable and suited repertoire, supported by this very great rhythm section. It exists many live performances of Zoot he made at that time in Europe but never as GREAT as this one ! All the 4 play with cool and relaxed attitude, as the leader was but with intensity and energy. A great lesson.
Kenny Drew (piano), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass) and Ed Thigpen (drums)
Recorded live August 24, 1978
Boris Rabinowitsch, Politiken