Annie Ross & Zoot Sims

Annie Ross & Zoot Sims


A singer Annie Ross, A swinger Zoot Sims, A gasser

Annie Ross (vocals), Zoot Sims, Bill Perkins (tenor sax), Russ Freeman (piano), Jim Hall, Billy Beans (guitar), Monty Budwig (bass), Mel Lewis, Frankie Capp (drums)

Capitol 1285

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Everything I've Got Belongs to You
A2 - I Was Doin' Alright
A3 - You're Nearer
A4 - Invitation to the Blues
A5 - Nobody's Baby
B1 - You Took Advantage of Me
B2 - I Don't Want to Cry Anymore
B3 - Lucky So and So
B4 - I Didn't Know About You
B5 - Lucky Day

Recorded on March 1959 at Sound Entreprises in Hollywood. (tenor sax Zoot Sims on A1-B2, Bill Perkins on B3-B5)

Ross is known for her singing style of vocalese; the practice of setting lyrics to an instrumental jazz solo. Besides Ross' interpretations of "I'm Nobody's Baby" and "You Took Advantage Of Me" (among others), the album also includes five instrumentals showcasing the talents of Zoot Sims and Russ Freeman.

Although Zoot Sims was born in Inglewood, downtown Los Angeles, he is always regarded as one of the great talents of the New York scene, to which he had moved in 1955, tired of the jazz they played on the West Coast and looking for fresh excitement. A follower of Lester Young, he became one of the most innovative tenor saxophonists of his generation. In March 1959 he went back to Los Angeles for a month. The first night, he was offered a spot in the Terry Gibbs band. 

Highly regarded by the musicians, he was much in demand in clubs around the Los Angeles area. And, significantly, he also joined as a featured tenor soloist in two remarkable albums for the World Pacific Jazz Records label. The first was The Swingers!, by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, who added vocals to famous instrumentals and had become the hottest singing group in the country. The second, A Gasser! featured the talented voice of Annie Ross, with Zoot booting her along, and swinging superbly in his own solos.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.