Personnel includes: Zoot Sims (soprano saxophone); Ray Bryant, George Mraz, Grady Tate.
Recorded in January 1976.
Personnel: Zoot Sims (soprano saxophone); Ray Bryant (piano); Grady Tate (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Benny Green .
Recording information: RCA Studios, New York, NY (01/08/1976/01/09/1976); RCA Studios, NY (01/08/1976/01/09/1976).
Photographer: Phil Stern.
Jazz soprano saxophone is mainly associated with its originator in the idiom Sidney Bechet and later John Coltrane who brought the instrument into a new realm with the success of "My Favorite Things." Even though this was the first time Zoot Sims played soprano saxophone exclusively on a date, he sounds comfortable enough with it to be included in that elite category. Originally recorded in 1976, Soprano Sax highlights two Sims originals alongside standards "Moonlight in Vermont," "Willow Weep for Me," and "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams." Pianist Ray Bryant, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Grady Tate make up the complementary rhythm section behind Sims, who unfortunately never made another all soprano date. ~ Al Campbell