Annie ROSS & Zoot SIMS – A Gasser! 1959

Annie ROSS & Zoot SIMS – A Gasser! 1959
1990 Issue

Jazz

This reissued album contains one of singer Annie Ross’s finest sessions away from the premiere jazz vocal group, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. She is joined by either Zoot Sims or (on two numbers) Bill Perkins on tenor, pianist Russ Freeman, Billy Bean or Jim Hall on guitar, bassist Monty Budwig and Mel Lewis or Frankie Capp on drums. Ross’s renditions of such tunes as I’m Nobody’s Baby, Invitation To The Blues, I Didn’t Know About You and You Took Advantage Of Me are highlights.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
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This is actually a duet album with saxophonist Zoot Sims. Ross eschewed vibrato like Anita O’Day and latter-day Shirley Horn and its great hearing her wring something from such chestnuts as “You’re Nearer”. This is quite different from the rapid-fire vocalese she did with Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks in the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross albums, but just as essential.
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01. Everything I’ve Got Belongs to You
02. Invitation to the Blues
03. I Didn’t Know About You
04. I Dont Want to Cry Anymore
05. Lucky Day
06. I Was Doin’ Alright
07. You Took Advantage of Me
08. You’re Nearer
09. (I’m Just A) Lucky So and So
10. Nobody’s Baby
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