Try this: Walk up to a friend who likes his or her jazz mainstream, finger-poppin', and swingin', and mention Zoot Sims, "Lockjaw" Davis, and the title of this album.

Try this: Walk up to a friend who likes his or her jazz mainstream, finger-poppin', and swingin', and mention Zoot Sims, "Lockjaw" Davis, and the title of this album. You might also want to add that the bass player is Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and the drummer is Louis Bellson. Now, get ready for a major smile. Jammin' doesn't come any better than this live Jazz at the Philharmonic recording from European dates in 1975. Even on the slow numbers, there's some irresistible preachin' going on by the two poles-apart tenor titans (Davis plays Coleman Hawkins to Sims' Lester Young). Peterson is at his embroidered-support best. Also of interest from Pablo is Gerry Mulligan Quartets in Concert, comprising JATP live shows with Bob Brookmeyer from '57 and '62. Both discs arrive via Fantasy's ongoing series excavating Pablo's rich, deep vault.—BH

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