Zoot Sims and Oscar Peterson: The Man I Love
The Man I Love
Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers (Original Jazz Classics OJC 444/Pablo 2310 (SACD))
George Mraz (bass), Grady Tate (drums).
Composed by George and Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: New York, June 6, 1975
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Here we have another Gershwin tune that has been recorded hundreds of times. But when a tune is that good and you have master musicians moving each other to make a great recording, the result is a fine addition to recorded jazz. That certainly is the case here.
It starts with that magnificent maestro of jazz piano, Oscar Peterson, playing simply sparkling lines that introduce the tune; that opening piano work is so good, you'll want to play this intro again. We are then treated to about six minutes of Zoot playing exceptionally fine variations and embellishments on the theme with great verve, dynamics and tone, adding excellent accents, with superb support by the others. After several choruses, Joe Pass then takes a solo, matching Sims with creativity and verve, though with more modest dynamics. Then Peterson gives us some more of that sparkling piano work, before Zoot takes it out.
This quintet plays so beautifully together, one would think they had toured as a group for years. Led by Zoot Sims, they produce a marvelous extended exploration of this Gershwin music and the artistic possibilities of the tenor sax.
Reviewer: Dean Alger