Gentle Jug, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218524926
  • Catalog Number: 24249
  • Sales rank: 88,771

Album Credits

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
Joe Tarantino Remastering
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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