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The “Jammin’ with Gene Ammons” album

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Here’s an amazing album featuring to saxophone masters together, a combination rarely recorded. We have Gene Ammons on tenor and Jackie McLean, joining together along with an top-notch supporting cast. This 1957 album consists of only four songs but they are all over 11:58 minutes long, so you can call it a “Jam Session.” “Jammin’ with Gene Ammons” is a great example of music in its highest quality! This band’s version of the classic jazz songs “Four” and “Pennies From Heaven” are very unique from the others. Outstanding album, that should be in every Jazz enthusiast’s music library.

About the album:

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkley, California). JAMMIN’ IN HI FI finds Gene Ammons in a context familiar to many jazz players in the 1950’s–the Prestige Records jam session, where some ace musicians, most of whom were bandleaders as well, get together and get down on some familiar tunes. State the theme in unison, and wail. “Jug”–as Ammons was affectionately known–does just that on the opener “The Twister,” generating the kind of tenor-storm that blew from the Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts. Hot on his heels are the Gillespie/Brown-style trumpet of Idrees Sulieman, the tart…..Read More

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