Gene Ammons Gentle Jug, Volume 3

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  • Released: October 10, 2000
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Prestige


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Personnel includes: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Sonny Stitt (alto & tenor saxophones); Joe Newman (trumpet); Frank Wess (flute); Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson (piano, organ); John Houston, Wynton Kelly (piano); Jack McDuff, Sonny Phillips, Johnny "Hammond" Smith (organ); Bob Bushnell (electric bass); Doug Watkins, Buster Williams, George Duvivier, Wendell Marshall (bass); Bernard Purdie, Charlie Persip, J.C. Heard, George Brown, Rudy Collins, Arthur Taylor, Walter Perkins (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Producers include: Bob Porter, Esmond Edwards.
Compilation producer: Bob Porter.
Engineers include: Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey between 1960 and 1970 and in Chicago, Illinois in 1961 and 1962. Includes liner notes by Fred Bouchard.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (2000, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Frank Wess (flute); Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Joe Newman (trumpet); Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson (piano, organ); John Houston, Wynton Kelly (piano); Jack McDuff, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Sonny Phillips (organ); George Brown , J.C. Heard , Rudy Collins, Art Taylor, Walter Perkins, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Charlie Persip (drums); Ray Barretto (congas).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs NJ (06/17/1960-02/02/1970).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Doug Watkins; Frank Wess; George Duvivier; J.C. Heard ; Jack McDuff; Joe Newman ; Ray Barretto; Sonny Phillips; Sonny Stitt; Wendell Marshall; Wynton Kelly; Bernard "Pretty" Purdie; Buster Williams; Charlie Persip.
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 Torm‚'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. ~ Alex Henderson

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  • UPC: 025218524926
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