The Boss Is Back!

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The executives at Prestige must have been felt ecstatic when they heard Gene Ammons first play after his release from a very severe seven-year jail sentence. The great tenor proved to still be in his prime, his huge sound was unchanged and he was hungry to make new music. This CD, which completely reissues the first two LPs Ammons cut after his return The Boss Is Back! and Brother Jug! rewards repeated listenings. The first date in an acoustic quintet with pianist Junior Mance hints at his earlier bop-based music while the numbers from the following day with organist Sonny Phillips find Ammons playing over a couple of boogaloo vamps very much of the period. Actually it is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The executives at Prestige must have been felt ecstatic when they heard Gene Ammons first play after his release from a very severe seven-year jail sentence. The great tenor proved to still be in his prime, his huge sound was unchanged and he was hungry to make new music. This CD, which completely reissues the first two LPs Ammons cut after his return The Boss Is Back! and Brother Jug! rewards repeated listenings. The first date in an acoustic quintet with pianist Junior Mance hints at his earlier bop-based music while the numbers from the following day with organist Sonny Phillips find Ammons playing over a couple of boogaloo vamps very much of the period. Actually it is his ballad statements particularly "Here's That Rainy Day," "Feeling Good" and even "Didn't We" that really make this CD memorable, although on "He's a Real Gone Guy" Ammons shows that he had not forgotten how to jam the blues either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/1994
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218512923
  • Catalog Number: 24129
  • Sales rank: 50,291

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tastin' the Jug (7:28)
  2. 2 I Wonder (7:59)
  3. 3 Ger-Ru (8:49)
  4. 4 Here's That Rainy Day (6:07)
  5. 5 Madame Queen (6:48)
  6. 6 The Jungle Boss (5:36)
  7. 7 Jungle Strut (5:11)
  8. 8 Didn't We (6:04)
  9. 9 He's a Real Gone Guy (5:05)
  10. 10 Feeling Good (5:42)
  11. 11 Blue Velvet (4:06)
  12. 12 Son of a Preacher Man (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Ammons Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Phillips Organ
Candido Conga
Bob Bushnell Electric Bass
Candido Camero Conga
Prince James Tenor Saxophone
Frank Jones Drums
Junior Mance Piano
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Buster Williams Bass
Billy Butler Guitar
Frankie Jones Drums
Technical Credits
Gene Ammons Composer, Contributor
Sonny Phillips Contributor
Jimmy Webb Composer
Cecil Gant Composer
Nellie Lutcher Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Bob Bushnell Contributor
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
John Hurley Composer
Prince James Contributor
Graham Lyle Composer
Junior Mance Composer, Contributor
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Anthony Newley Composer
Bob Porter Producer, Liner Notes
Bernie Wayne Composer
Buster Williams Contributor
Ronnie Wilkins Composer
Billy Butler Contributor
Lee Morris Composer
Frankie Jones Contributor
Raymond Leveen Composer
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