Gentle Jug, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From the late '40s until his death in 1974, Gene Ammons was a stunning ballad player. The fact that Ammons had such an appealing tone certainly didn't hurt, but it was the tenor titan's warmth, soulfulness, and vulnerability that made his ballad playing so irresistible. Assembled in 1995, Gentle Jug, Vol. 2 is an excellent sequel to The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug. While that CD contained material from his early '60s sessions Nice an' Cool and The Soulful Mood of Gene Ammons, this collection of ballads spans 1960-1971 and draws on ten different albums he recorded for Prestige. True to form, Ammons is expressive and moving on standards that range from "You Go to My ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
From the late '40s until his death in 1974, Gene Ammons was a stunning ballad player. The fact that Ammons had such an appealing tone certainly didn't hurt, but it was the tenor titan's warmth, soulfulness, and vulnerability that made his ballad playing so irresistible. Assembled in 1995, Gentle Jug, Vol. 2 is an excellent sequel to The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug. While that CD contained material from his early '60s sessions Nice an' Cool and The Soulful Mood of Gene Ammons, this collection of ballads spans 1960-1971 and draws on ten different albums he recorded for Prestige. True to form, Ammons is expressive and moving on standards that range from "You Go to My Head" from 1962's Angel Eyes and "My Romance" from 1960's Boss Tenor to "Here's That Rainy Day" from 1969's The Boss Is Back which was Ammons' first album after serving seven years in prison. Most of the selections are instrumental, although "If You Are but a Dream" 1962 boasts a pleasing vocal by Etta Jones. Neither Gentle Jug, Vol. 2 nor its predecessor are the last word on Ammons' ballad playing -- the Chicagoan made more than his share of memorable ballad statements in the late '40s and '50s. Nonetheless, anyone who is looking for a collection of smoky, romantic mood music can't go wrong with this fine CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/1995
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218515528
  • Catalog Number: 24155
  • Sales rank: 117,239

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Ammons Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Barretto Conga
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Etta Jones Vocals
Oliver Nelson Alto Saxophone
Walter Perkins Drums
Art Taylor Drums
Mal Waldron Piano
Doug Watkins Bass
Patti Bown Piano
Billy Gene English Drums
Ed Thigpen Drums
Candido Conga
George Duvivier Bass
Bob Ashton Baritone Saxophone
George Barrow Tenor Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Hobart Dotson Trumpet
Bill Fischer Conductor
Roland Hanna Electric Piano
Junior Mance Piano
Wendell Marshall Bass
Buster Williams Bass
Frankie Jones Drums
Technical Credits
Gene Ammons Contributor
Richard Wyands Contributor
Clark Terry Contributor
Phil DeLancie Mastering
Esmond Edwards Producer
Bill Fischer Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Bob Porter Producer, Liner Notes
Leon René Composer
Danny Small Composer
Phil Carroll Artwork
Otis Rene Composer
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