Zoot was a guest on Oscar Peterson's TV show in Canada. Oscar asked Zoot "What does the future hold for your instrument?" After considering the question for a moment, Zoot said " Well, I guess It could get net new lacquer job."
I have an Art Pepper interview on tape where he remembers going to visit Zoot in L.A in the early days. Zoot played Prez solo from Easy Does It with the augmented break - Pepper sings it on the tape - I recognized which solo it was by his singing!
He then goes on to say it was "like listening to a band- except you couldn,t hear the other guys"
Having the first of the "Selmer Super Saxes" aka SSS. The New largebore, ca. 1930. I can see why Zoot used this horn, there is just something about these horns, I can't figure it out but it is as if they do a lot of response by "themselves" Go figure, I lvoe the sub tones and finger positions (BUT it does take some time to get used to the left pinky group the C#,B & Bb. The secret is to "clamp" your finger on th key, harder on the one you want to play, softer on the ones that go with the note your playing. Hope this can help some poor soul. BB NY
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