New Beat Bossa Nova Vol.1 + Vol.2
American Jazz Classics
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This release compiles two wonderful LPs presenting Zoot Sims playing bossa nova songs, as well as jazz standards in a bossa nova mood arranged by Manny Albam and Al Cohn: New Beat Bossa Nova (Colpix SCP435), and its sequel, New Beat Bossa Nova Vol. 2 (Colpix SCP437). Recorded in 1962, these were among the first albums to combine bossa nova and jazz. Both LPs feature the outstanding guitarist Jim Hall as a soloist. Curiously, in between the recording of both albums, Sims participated on a third bossa nova project, this time a vocal one, fronted by singer Vi Velasco. This CD has been completed with five selected songs from that LP on which Sims plays solos.