Al Cohn & Zoot Sims: Lover Come Back to Me


Lover Come Back to Me


Al Cohn (tenor sax) and Zoot Sims (tenor sax)


Jazz Alive! A Night at the Half Note (Blue Note 94105)

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Al Cohn (tenor sax), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Mose Allison (piano), Paul Motian (drums),

Nabil Totah (bass)


Composed by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein


Recorded: Half Note, New York, February 6 and 7, 1959


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

                  Zoot Sims at Birdland
                  Photo by Marcel Fleiss

Al Cohn and Zoot Sims may have gone to that great tenor battle in the sky, but at least they live on at their own MySpace page. (However, I must admit that I am afraid of clicking the link on that page which sends an email message to Al and Zoot. I prefer to use a Ouija board, not cyberspace, to contact the great horn players from the golden years.) Face the facts, email and text messaging are not the way to enjoy these tenor titans. Better to mix a stiff drink, and kick back listening to the knights in shining Selmers joust over the changes to "Lover Come Back to Me." Cohn takes the first two solo choruses, and Zoot digs in for three, and of course they save some special treats for the four-bar question-and-answer period. And here's an unexpected treat: Mose Allison serves as referee on the eighty-eight keys. Who wins this duel? The listener, of course.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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