MAY 13

                ZOOT SIMS
             Passion Flower

              Recording Date:
                  May 13, 1980           tk 6,9
                  August 14, 1979       tk 1-5
                  December 10, 1979  tk 7-8

              Personnel tk 6,9:
                  Zoot Sims           TS
                  Jimmy Rowles     P

                  John Clay            D
                  Michael Moore     B

Review by Scott Yanow
Benny Carter provided the arrangements for the 16-piece band that accompanies the great tenor Zoot Sims on this set of Duke Ellington songs. The album is highlighted by "In a Mellow Tone," "I Got It Bad," "Passion Flower" and "Bojangles," but all nine selections are enjoyable and Sims is in top form. In fact it can easily be argued that Zoot Sims never made an indifferent or unswinging album, so it is not much of a surprise that this date is quite successful and should greatly appeal to straightahead jazz fans.

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