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The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug (Remastered)

Gene Ammons

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Album Review

This single CD reissues the two-LP set of the same name. Included are two sessions originally cut for Prestige's subsidiary Moodsville (Nice an' Cool and The Soulful Mood of Gene Ammons), which are purposely relaxed and strictly at ballad tempos. Fortunately, Ammons (who had a distinctive, huge tone) was long a master at interpreting ballads, and although these performances do not quite reach the heights of his greatest recordings, the lyrical music is quite enjoyable. Accompanied by either Richard Wyands or Patti Bown on piano, Doug Watkins or George Duvivier on bass, and J.C. Heard or Ed Shaughnessy on drums, Ammons is tasteful and creative in a subtle way throughout these successful dates.

Customer Reviews

The Gene Ammons Story

A great album for simple, relaxing music. I'd recommend it has a nice addition to any jazz collection.

An Album Not To Be Missed...

Whether or not you've ever heard of this legendary jazz tenor sax player, this is a must for all fans of smooth sax playing. Gene is nothing less than spectacular on this ageless classic. If you like it smoooooth, like a great red wine or single-malt...this is for you.

For Soul Jazz Lover

Gene Ammons has been a extremely prominent tenor saxophonist , at least for me he was. He successfully expressed his touch into these melodies. As a Jazz lover , you can never miss this album.


Born: April 14, 1925 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Gene Ammons, who had a huge and immediately recognizable tone on tenor, was a very flexible player who could play bebop with the best (always battling his friend Sonny Stitt to a tie) yet was an influence on the R&B world. Some of his ballad renditions became hits and, despite two...
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