365 Days of Album Recommendations – Nov 8

Gene Ammons – Boss Tenor

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I’m a total sucker for Gene Ammons. He wasn’t the fastest or the most innovative, but his flow, his tone, his concept, and his vibe are just SO good. Tenor cats compete on a different level then other horn folk, and tone reigns supreme. Ammons has it, and this album is a great opportunity to dig it front and center. Unlike a lot of his work, where he goes toe-to-toe with other reed folk, here it’s just big ol’ Jug on top of the rhythm section.

The sly fat drag of his phrasing is in full force from Track 1 on, and Hittin’ The Jug is pure Ammons blues. But lest you think Ammons can’t bounce, bookend yourself with the last track, Jug’s take on Stompin’ at the Savoy. He’s fleet of finger while still bein’ fat of tone, and that’s no easy feat.

In many ways, that’s the Ammons thing, makin’ it sound easy. It ain’t, but it’s SO good.


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