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Boss Tenor
Gene Ammons
Boss Tenor
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons had a huge sound, and a Coleman Hawkins-inspired ability to belt the blues and caress the ballads with equal facility. This 1960 session, part of a lengthy series of recordings Ammons made for...  more »

      
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All Artists: Gene Ammons
Title: Boss Tenor
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ojc
Release Date: 7/1/1991
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025218629720

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Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons had a huge sound, and a Coleman Hawkins-inspired ability to belt the blues and caress the ballads with equal facility. This 1960 session, part of a lengthy series of recordings Ammons made for Prestige, shows off his strengths impressively. His broad-toned reading of the ballad "My Romance" confirms his reputation as the master interpreter nicknamed "Gentle Jug." The superbly-attuned rhythm section of pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, drummer Arthur Taylor, and congero Ray Barretto offers particularly brilliant support on Eddie Haywood's memorable "Canadian Sunset," the uptempo bop exercise of Charlie Parker's "Confirmation," and the swing classic "(Stomping at the) Savoy." --John Swenson

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One of the best
08/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Late night, low light. Sip your drink, sink in your chair. Alone. Befriended. You can't beat this record. You simply can't. Each and every song is a stern rebuke to the Kenny Gs of the world. Flows and flows and sooths. A great companion to this is 'Jug'."
Gene is back!
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 10/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After a two year "forced layoff" (the usual culprit for Gene: drugs), this marked his return album (6/16/60), which would be the first in a long string of albums (22) over the next two years. And it's a terrific one. The great Tommy Flanagan is aboard on piano ("The first time I ever played with him," Flanagan recalled), and the rhythm section is solid (Doug Watkins-b; Art Taylor-d; Ray Barretto-conga).

Tempos vary, as does the material. HITTIN THE JUG is a slow blues with good down-home Ammons. BLUE AMMONS is another blues, this time medium tempo. CONFIRMATION, the bop standard, is taken up and features some very relaxed Ammons. MY ROMANCE is taken a tad too slow and could use the double-time chorus, which is missing here, that Gene often employed when doing very slow ballads like this. Flanagan is excellent - I wish there was more of him solo-wise. This is a good return date for Ammons. Definitely worth checking out."
Addictive sound
nadav haber | jerusalem Israel | 10/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Gene Ammons comes from a great family. His father Albert is one of my favorite boogie woogie pianists.
What makes Ammons such an attractive musician is his smooth but strong sound, and his light and flexible phrasing, displaying great control over all facets of his tenor.
To me, Ammons is one of the greatest ballad players in jazz. This should be obvious to anyone who had a chance to listen to the Gentle Jug cd's. The performance of My Romance on this cd does more than validate Ammons' ballad reputation.
There are two original blues by Ammons, on slow and one medium type, that show he is also a great blues man.
The supporting cast is as good as it gets for this kind of music - Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on Bass, Art Taylor on drums and Ray Barreto on Congas.
But overall, it is Ammons' sound and phrasing that makes me want to listen to him again and again. This mellow tenor sound that comes from the heart of this Boss Tenor."