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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Prestige
  • ASIN: B000EMGAMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the few recordings of this tenor without any other horns.

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Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons had a huge sound, and a Coleman Hawkins-inspired ability to belt the blues and caress the ballads with equal facility. This 1960 session, part of a lengthy series of recordings Ammons made for Prestige, shows off his strengths impressively. His broad-toned reading of the ballad "My Romance" confirms his reputation as the master interpreter nicknamed "Gentle Jug." The superbly-attuned rhythm section of pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, drummer Arthur Taylor, and congero Ray Barretto offers particularly brilliant support on Eddie Haywood's memorable "Canadian Sunset," the uptempo bop exercise of Charlie Parker's "Confirmation," and the swing classic "(Stomping at the) Savoy." --John Swenson

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
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Jug was a class act with a heart as big as his physical size and tone. Chicagoans greeted him like a war hero on the two occasions he appeared just after doing time at Joliet-- the second an especially cruel and unfair sentence of seven years for a parole violation. Because he usually followed Sonny Stitt--the "most perfect" of all players--in their tenor battles, he had the advantage of playing to low expectations--and he rarely failed to rise to the occasion. In fact, just being able to match Stitt was sufficient to assure a victory.

Stitt, the saxophonist most identified with Charlie Parker and reputed to have been bequeathed the "keys to the kingdom" by Bird himself, would seem to outmatch Ammons. But those listeners with longer memories or inclined to do a bit of research would know better than to underestimate Jug, the son of the highly regarded Kansas City boogie woogie pianist, Albert Ammons. Gene was still in his teens when Billy Eckstein hired him to sit next to Dexter Gordon in the same big band that included Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, and Fats Navarro, not to mention Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Wardell Gray, Art Blakey and Sarah Vaughan! At the end of his sets in the late '60s and early '70s, Jug used to love running down the line-up for his audience, all of it building up to his dramatic punch-line: "And what were all of these musical geniuses doing night after night?" (Pause) "Holding whole notes while Mr. B was balladeering on his hit songs, "I Apologize," "I Want to Talk About You," and "I'm Just a Prisoner of Love." (Pause) Who was a prisoner?"

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Lawson on July 28, 2012
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This CD by Gene Ammons is some of the best music I have heard in a long time! I heard his rendition of "Canadian Sunset" on the car radio and went straight home and ordered this CD, "Boss Tenor" from Amazon! Not only is "Canadian Sunset" beautiful, but every song is siimply superb! I've been playing this CD over and over in my car for 2 weeks now! I had heard Gene Ammons a long time ago, when my parents use to buy his music, but sometimes in our youth, we don't pay attention! Well Mr. Gene Ammons has my attention now and I will be looking for more of his CDs to purchase! If you want some smooth, "old school" jazz to listen to, get this CD! You will not be disappointed!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By claude j. petite on May 15, 2014
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This is "classic"Aamons all tracks are excellent.The RVG remaster is the one to get.A must for all collections,rythm section is excellent.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S R Lozano on June 25, 2014
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Canadian Sunset is on the soundtrack of "The Aging Gigolo". When I heard it, I knew I had to have the CD.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Weiss on December 2, 2014
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Very good listening.
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