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martes, 8 de agosto de 2017

Gene Ammons • Twisting The Jug

Review by Stewart Mason
As a general rule, any derivation of the word "Twist" in a jazz album title from the early '60s is a clue that at best one can look forward to some campy fun. Gene Ammons' 1961 session Twistin' the Jug features not only the powerhouse tenor playing at the top of his form, but a killer set of sidemen featuring the great Hammond organist "Brother" Jack McDuff and conga player Ray Barretto. The results, particularly on the supple, funky title track and a Latinized, uptempo version of the Duke Ellington standard "Satin Doll," are surprisingly appealing. The album title is clearly an inappropriate marketing tool; anyone attempting to do the Twist to the opening track, a slowed-down, funky blues take on "Stormy Monday," would nod off halfway through. Still, bad album title or not, this is a fun, listenable early soul-jazz session featuring two of the greats of the field.

A1 Twisting The Jug
A2 Born To Be Blue
A3 Satin Doll
B1 Moten Swing
B2 Stormy Monday Blues
B3 Down The Line

Bass – Wendell Marshall
Congas – Ray Barretto
Drums – Walter Perkins
Organ – Brother Jack McDuff
Trumpet – Joe Newman
Tenor Saxophone – Gene Ammons

Label: Prestige ‎– 7238
Released: 1961
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 28, 1961

info from Gene Ammons Catalog
Gene Ammons/Joe Newman/Jack McDuff - Twisting The Jug (Prestige PRLP 7238)
Joe Newman (trumpet) Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone) Jack McDuff (organ) Wendell Marshall (bass) Walter Perkins (drums) Ray Barretto (congas)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 28, 1961
3288 Stormy Monday Blues
3289 Satin Doll
3290 Twistin' The Jug
3291 Born To Be Blue
3292 Down The Line
3293 Moten Swing

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