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Gene Ammons • Jug

Jug was Gene Ammons' nickname. This 1961 session finds tenor saxophonist Ammons doing what he does best-ballads and easy grooves. The lazy pace of the opening "Ol' Man River" belies a subtly propulsive momentum. Conga-drum player Ray Barreto augments the backing trio of piano, bass, and drums. Ammons frequently bolstered his rhythm sections thusly, this wise approach adding a range of embellishing counter-rhythms to the open feel of the music. Ammons wrote two blues for this set, "Seed Shack" and "Miss Lucy." The saxophonist recorded so much music, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that he never faltered in the studio. Jug is an exceptional example of Ammons' early '60s output.

1."Ol' Man River" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 5:11
2."Easy to Love" (Cole Porter) - 4:14
3."Seed Shack" - 5:39
4."Let It Be You" (Clarence Anderson) - 3:48
5."Exactly Like You" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) - 5:59
6."Miss Lucy" - 3:42
7."Namely You" (Gene DePaul, Johnny Mercer) - 4:45
8."Tangerine" (Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) - 3:36

Bass – Dough Watkins
Congas – Ray Barretto
Organ – Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson (tracks: B3)
Piano – Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson (tracks: A4), Richard Wyands
Tenor Saxophone – Gene Ammons

Label: Prestige ‎– PRLP 7192, Prestige ‎– 7192
Released: 1961
Length: 36:54

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on January 27, 1961. Originally released on Riverside (7192).

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