Personnel: Zoot Sims (alto & tenor saxophone); Nick Travis (trumpet); George Handy (piano); Wilbur Ware (bass); Osie Johnson (drums).
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York on December 13 & 18, 1956. Originally released on Riverside (228). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
For a little while in the mid-'50s, Zoot Sims occasionally doubled on alto although he soon switched back exclusively to tenor where he had a stronger musical personality. On the CD reissue of Riverside's 1956 Zoot!, Sims plays alto on two of the seven tracks and works well with trumpeter Nick Travis. Actually, pianist George Handy, who contributed four originals (two standards and drummer Osie Johnson's "Osmosis" complete the program) and did all of the arranging, comes across as the key supporting player; bassist Wilbur Ware and Johnson are fine in quiet support. Although Handy's arrangements are a bit modern, this is still a typically hard-swinging and melodic Zoot Sims date. ~ Scott Yanow