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Gentle Jug, Vol. 3
     

Gentle Jug, Vol. 3

by Gene Ammons
 
Anyone who has even the most basic knowledge of Gene "Jug" Ammons will tell you how marvelous a ballad player he was. When the tenor titan played ballads, there was nothing superficial going on -- Ammons dug deep and showed the world what soulful, smoky, ultra-expressive playing was all about. Assembled in 2000, Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 marked the third time that

Overview

Anyone who has even the most basic knowledge of Gene "Jug" Ammons will tell you how marvelous a ballad player he was. When the tenor titan played ballads, there was nothing superficial going on -- Ammons dug deep and showed the world what soulful, smoky, ultra-expressive playing was all about. Assembled in 2000, Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 marked the third time that Fantasy put together a ballad-oriented collection by the saxophone master. For those who don't know anything about Ammons, three Gentle Jug collections might seem excessive, but it isn't. Spanning 1961-1970, Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 draws on Ammons' Prestige years and -- like the two previous Gentle Jug collections -- shows why his lyrical ballad playing was so revered. Whether he is interpreting "Blue Velvet," "The Masquerade Is Over" or Mel Tormé's "Born to Be Blue," this 61-minute, 11-song CD paints a consistently attractive picture of Jug's romantic side. His haunting 1960 performance of "Angel Eyes" is among the most captivating versions of that great, if overdone, standard -- and when Ammons pours his heart into "Lush Life," it is obvious that he has no problem relating to Billy Strayhorn's world-weary outlook. While some of these performances feature pianists, others find Jug leading organ combos. Surprisingly, Jug was not a big fan of organists; he complained that they "didn't know changes" -- nonetheless, he did some of his best (and most popular) work in their presence. Like the previous Gentle Jug collections, this hard bop/soul-jazz CD is well worth obtaining if you are searching for an album of smoky mood music.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218524926
catalogNumber:
24249

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Performance Credits

Gene Ammons   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Barretto   Conga
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Walter Perkins   Drums
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums
Doug Watkins   Bass
Sonny Phillips   Organ
George Duvivier   Bass
Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson   Organ,Piano
Bob Bushnell   Bass
Rudy Collins   Drums
J.C. Heard   Drums
John Houston   Piano
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Jack McDuff   Organ
Charlie Persip   Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Frank Wess   Flute
Buster Williams   Bass
Johnny "Hammond" Smith   Organ
George Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Kevin Welch   Composer
Ray Barretto   Contributor
Wynton Kelly   Contributor
Joe Newman   Contributor
Sonny Stitt   Contributor
Doug Watkins   Contributor
Sonny Phillips   Contributor
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Bobby Bloom   Composer
George Duvivier   Contributor
Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Irvin Graham   Composer
J.C. Heard   Contributor
Wendell Marshall   Contributor
Jack McDuff   Contributor
Charlie Persip   Contributor
Bob Porter   Producer
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Contributor
Bernie Wayne   Composer
Frank Wess   Contributor
Buster Williams   Contributor
Carl Fischer   Composer
Lee Morris   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Henri Woode   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Graham   Composer
Harry Edward Stinson   Composer

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