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Gene Ammons: Three Classic Albums Plus (Groove Blues / Boss Tenor / Blue Gene) (2CD)
 
AVID Jazz here presents three classic albums plus by Gene Ammons, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
Son of legendary Boogie Woogie/Stride pianist Albert Ammons we feature son Gene on “Groove Blues”, “Boss Tenor”, “Blue Gene” and three tracks from “The Happy Blues” (currently only available as an expensive import).
“Groove Blues”, driven by Billie Holidays’ pianist Mal Waldron who wrote three of the four featured tracks also features one of the rare occasions when legendary Tenor sax giant John Coltrane is featured on alto sax. As described in Joe Goldberg’s liner notes “ These solos are, I think, some of his very best on any horn!” Gene Ammons breaks out of his unfair label as a rhythm and blues player rather than a jazz player with a classic line up of solid jazz musicians including Coltrane, Waldron, Art Taylor, Pepper Adams and Paul Quinchette. 1960’s “Boss Tenor” finds Ammons with perhaps one of his finest rhythm sections including Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Art Taylor and Ray Barreto who between them had played with the likes of JJ Johnson, Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Thelonius Monk. “Blue Gene” from 1958 again finds pianist Mal Waldron writing all four of the featured tracks accompanied by Idrees Suliman on trumpet and again the rhythm section from “Boss Tenor”. Finally “Happy Blues” features a superb line up including Art Farmer, Jackie Mclean, Duke Jordan, Addison Farmer and Art Taylor. “It’s a happy session, a blowing session, featuring a blues, a standard and an old but not so standard!”
All three albums plus have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest ever sound quality!

CD1
1-4: ‘Groove Blues’
1. Ammon Joy
2. Groove Blues
3. Jug Handle
4. It Might As Well Be Spring
5-10: ‘Boss Tenor’
5. Hittin’ The Jug
6. Close Your Eyes
7. My Romance
8. Canadian Sunset
9. Blue Ammons
10. Confirmation

CD2
1: ‘Boss Tenor’
1. Stompin’ At The Savoy
2-5: ‘Blue Gene’
2. Blue Gene
3. Scamperin’
4. Blue Greens ‘N’ Beans
5. Hip Tip
6-8: ‘The Happy Blues’
6. The Happy Blues
7. The Great Lie
8. Can’t We Be Friends

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