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Along with its fellow CD, Groove Blues, this reissue fully documents all of the music recorded by tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons on the busy day of January 3, 1958. Although there were many guest soloists, only one of the four songs on this half of the set (Mal Waldron's "The Real McCoy") has appearances by John Coltrane (on alto) and the tenor of Paul Quinichette. However, baritonist Pepper Adams is aboard for two of the performances, and flutist Jerome Richardson (along with pianist Mal Waldron, bassist George Joyner, and drummer Art Taylor) are on all four. Ammons is easily the main star (he really excelled in this setting) and is in generally fine form on the two standards ("That's All" and "Cheek to Cheek"), his own "Blue Hymn," and the Waldron original.
Performance CreditsGene Ammons Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Mal Waldron Piano
John Coltrane Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Joyner Bass
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Technical CreditsGene Ammons Composer
Alan Brandt Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Bob Weinstock Producer
Bob Haymes Composer