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Zoot Sims: Only a Rose

The Metropole Orchestra is the Netherlands’ house band. It must’ve cut about a thousand records backing visiting artists. Founded over fifty years ago, it began with seventeen pieces and now contains more than sixty, including a full string section. The competence of its performers and those who write charts for it is obvious and they play with enthusiasm, but have no identity. The arrangements on the this Zoot Sims album are generic.

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