Zoot Sims: September Song


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In November 1966, tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims recorded an unusual album for Impulse. The Waiting Game featured a full orchestra with strings, reeds and harp that was arranged by Gary McFarland and conducted by Jack Parnell. What made this date special, in addition to McFarland's unorthodox charts, was that Sims sang and played on one track—September Song.

Like Jack Teagarden, whose untrained but honest, passionate voice always managed to touch listeners deeply, Sims' rendition here on September Song has the same effect:

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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