Zoot Side of Life
Don Lerman is a saxophonist and writer/arranger of note in the Washington, DC area. His performing and writing skills are displayed on his new CD, The Zoot Side of Life, a tribute to legendary tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims. As jazz performer and writer Barry Velleman comments: "The music of tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims (1925-1985) was characterized by a buoyant, swinging energy combined with a sense of flow and relaxation. Sims and his partner Al Cohn (1925-1988) constituted one of the great two-tenor combinations in jazz history. This swinging, relaxed feeling permeates the performances of the Don Lerman Quintet, in which Lerman is teamed with his alter ego, Scott Silbert, and accompanied by a crisp, dynamic, and cooking rhythm section..." This CD features 11 varied selections, including 7 original compositions, and is performed by Lerman and Silbert on tenor saxophones, Robert Redd on piano, John Previti on bass, and Brooks Tegler on drums.