2CD set that brings together all of the material that Zoot Sims and Kenny
Drew recorded in Denmark in August of 1978 – previously issued on 2 different albums, and re-arranged here in order of recording! The first part of the material is from Zoot Sims in Copenhagen – a batch of tracks with the same sort of long, free space for solos as other dates done on that scene by American tenor stars! No surprise, Kenny
Drew's backing Zoot up with some tremendous rhythm accompaniment – working here with a trio that includes Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – just about the best backing a player like Sims could have hoped for on the date! All the tracks here move well past the 5 minute mark – with most approaching 10 – and Zoot's ability to solo strongly in an extended fashion is very firmly in place. Titles include "Groovin High", "Too Close For Comfort", "Blue Hodge", "Morning Fun", "All The Things You Are", "It's All Right With Me", and "In The Middle Of A Kiss". Flower Waltz is a gem of a record from Zoot Sims and Kenny
Drew – one that's recorded in the late 70s, but can easily stand with the classics in both players' catalogs! Zoot's especially great here – blowing with a laidback and easygoing quality that reminds us a fair bit of Stan Getz at times – especially in the way that Sims lets his tone get a bit raspy and almost earthy, quite different than his cleaner sound of earlier years. Rhythm is lightly dancing and sometimes in a bossa-inspired mode – with Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – a familiar and very comfortable rhythm section who come together strongly. Titles include "Flower Waltz", "Groovin High", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Fred", "I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone", and "Caravan". 2CD set features 17 tracks in all – over 2 hours of music!