Down Home (Zoot Sims album)

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Down Home
Down Home - Zoot Sims album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1960 (1960-July)
RecordedJune 7, 1960 (1960-June-07)
LabelBethlehem Records
ProducerTeddy Charles
Zoot Sims chronology
You 'n' Me
Down Home

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Billboard3/4 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[3]

Down Home is an album by American jazz tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims.


Billboard magazine called it an "unusual album", in that Sims "applied his improvisational skill to a number of real oldies".[2] The magazine reviewed the singles as well, noting the "all-star rhythm section"[4] and generally saying the songs were "perfect for jazz jukeboxes".[5] Down Beat called it "a marvellous example of Sims' ability to swing".[6]

Scott Yanow, writing for AllMusic, called it "enjoyable and consistently swinging", noting that it "gives one a look at the great pianist Dave McKenna in his early days".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz described it as "a classic Zoot date, with the saxophonist swinging as hard as ever and McKenna offering his characteristic full-blooded support".[3]

Track listing[]

1."Jive at Five"Count Basie, Harry "Sweets" Edison5:18
2."Doggin' Around"Edgar Battle, Ray Evans4:39
3."Avalon"Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose4:29
4."I Cried for You"Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman6:50
5."Bill Bailey"Hughie Cannon5:17
6."Goodnight, Sweetheart"Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ray Noble4:22
7."There'll Be Some Changes Made"Billy Higgins, W. Benton Overstreet5:24
8."I've Heard That Blues Before"Zoot Sims5:26
9."There'll Be Some Changes Made" (Alternate take)Billy Higgins, W. Benton Overstreet6:46
10."Jive at Five" (Alternate take)Count Basie, Harry "Sweets" Edison6:17
11."Doggin' Around" (Alternate take)Edgar Battle, Ray Evans3:36
12."Avalon" (Alternate take)Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose4:09
13."Goodnight, Sweetheart" (Alternate take)Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ray Noble5:09
14."Bill Bailey" (Alternate take)Hughie Cannon5:02
Total length:1:12:44



  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Yanow, Scott. "Down Home - Zoot Sims". Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "Jazz LP's - Moderate Sales Potential". Billboard Music Week. January 16, 1961. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Cook, Richard and Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. Penguin. p. 1303.
  4. ^ "Reviews and Ratings of New Records - Strong Potential". Billboard Music Week. February 20, 1961. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Reviews and Ratings of New Records - Strong Potential". Billboard Music Week. August 18, 1962. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Down Home". Retrieved October 16, 2014.
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