Reissue Review: Gene Ammons – “Boss Tenor” (Prestige)

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The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:

Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons‘ tone can be best described using the qualities of an ideally brewed cup of joe: rounded, bold, smooth, and exhilarating after first taste.

Widely regarded as an original founder of the “Chicago school of tenor sax,” Ammons’ nonchalant, yet indelible sound—echoing the soft, breathy tone of Lester Young—drove him to a great deal of fame within the post- World War II jazz crowds of the ’50s. Ammons, famously nicknamed “Jug,” had an inherent ability to cultivate new emotion within any obsolete standard, stemming from his signature timbre that was steeped in the blues, gospel, and R&B. Renowned for his versatility, Ammons was well-versed in the bebop tradition, yet greatly influenced the marketable “soul jazz” movement of the ’60s.

To view the rest, visit: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/boss-tenor-gene-ammons-prestige-records-review-by-matthew-aquiline.php

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