"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" is from his only recording session devoted exclusively to the soprano. His sound on the straight horn is strikingly individual, almost like a cross between clarinet and alto sax. Sims's assured, driving solo features swooping, precisely articulated lines and rousing upper-register wails. The spirit of Sidney Bechet lurks, but it's all Zoot. Bryant's exuberant solo, in his usual surging style, seems ready to burst into stride or boogie-woogie at times, and the way his left hand complements his right brings to mind Earl Hines. Sims returns with some long-held notes and swirling extended phrasings, inventively and persistently embellishing the theme during the out chorus. The soprano sax has rarely been played any better than this.
May 02, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: wrap your troubles in dreams
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