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jueves, 25 de enero de 2018

Gene Ammons • The Boss Is Back!

Review by Scott Yanow
The executives at Prestige must have been felt ecstatic when they heard Gene Ammons first play after his release from a very severe seven-year jail sentence. The great tenor proved to still be in his prime, his huge sound was unchanged and he was hungry to make new music. This CD, which completely reissues the first two LPs Ammons cut after his return (The Boss Is Back! and Brother Jug!) rewards repeated listenings. The first date (in an acoustic quintet with pianist Junior Mance) hints at his earlier bop-based music while the numbers from the following day (with organist Sonny Phillips) find Ammons playing over a couple of boogaloo vamps very much of the period. Actually it is his ballad statements (particularly "Here's That Rainy Day," "Feeling Good" and even "Didn't We") that really make this CD memorable, although on "He's a Real Gone Guy" Ammons shows that he had not forgotten how to jam the blues either.

1. Tastin' The Jug 7:28
2. I Wonder 7:59
3. Ger-ru 8:40
4. Here's That Rainy Day 6:07
5. Madame Queen 6:46
6. The Jungle Boss 5:33
7. Jungle Strut 5:06
8. Didn't We 6:04
9. He's A Real Gone Guy 5:05
10. Feeling Good 5:42
11. Blue Velvet 4:06
12. Son Of A Preacher Man 4:26

Gene Ammons - tenor saxophone
Prince James, Houston Person - tenor saxophone (track 1)
Junior Mance - piano (tracks 1, 2 & 4-6)
Sonny Phillips organ (track 3)
Buster Williams - bass (tracks 1, 2 & 4-6)
Bob Bushnell - electric bass (track 3)
Frankie Jones (tracks 1, 2 & 4-6), Bernard Purdie (track 3) - drums
Candido - congas (tracks 1, 2 & 4-6)

release date 1969 / duration 73:22 / Label: Prestige
genre Jazz styles Hard Bop Soul Jazz Jazz Instrument Saxophone Jazz

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