Gentle Jug, Vol. 2

Gentle Jug, Vol. 2

by Gene Ammons


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/1995
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218515528
catalogNumber: 24155
Rank: 92657

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
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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