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Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (1960) {JVC XRCD}

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Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (1960) {JVC XRCD}

Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (1960) {JVC XRCD}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 290MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 82MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop

There are many Gene Ammons recordings currently available on CD in Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics, since the versatile tenorman was a longtime Prestige recording artist. Unlike his earlier jam sessions, this particular outing finds Ammons as the only horn, fronting a talented rhythm section (pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, drummer Art Taylor, and Ray Barretto on congas). Ammons explores standards (including a near-classic version of "Canadian Sunset"), blues, and ballads in his usual warm, soulful, and swinging fashion. This is a fine outing by one of the true "bosses" of the tenor.

VA - Hoochie Coochie Man: The Chess Story (2012) 2CDs

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VA - Hoochie Coochie Man: The Chess Story (2012) 2CDs

VA - Hoochie Coochie Man: The Chess Story (2012) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 632 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 339 Mb | Scans included | 02:12:02
Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Doo Wop | Label: One Day Music | # DAY2CD157

Leonard and Phil Chess were the innovators behind Chess Records, the Illinois based label that specialised in blues, r'n'b and soul, all genres influential in the early sound of rock n' roll. This 2CD compilation includes 50 original recordings featuring some of the greatest artists of the time. Highlights include songs from John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Howlin' Wolf and more.

Gene Ammons - Angel Eyes (1965) [Reissue 1998]

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Gene Ammons - Angel Eyes (1965) [Reissue 1998]

Gene Ammons - Angel Eyes (1965) [Reissue 1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 237 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 90 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Soul Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige Records (OJCCD-980-2 (P-7369))

Music from two different occasions are combined on this CD reissue. The four songs from 1960 match the great tenor Gene Ammons with Frank Wess (doubling on flute and tenor), organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Taylor. Wess, one of jazz's great flutists, battles Ammons on tenor to a draw on "Water Jug," while the leader takes "Angel Eyes" as his memorable feature. In addition, Ammons is heard in 1962 with pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Wendell Marshall, and drummer Ed Thigpen playing with great warmth on the ballads "You Go to My Head" and "It's the Talk of the Town." The latter set was one of Ammons' final ones before serving a long prison sentence (drug-related), yet his interpretations are full of optimism.

Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (Remastered SACD) (1960/2017)

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Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (Remastered SACD) (1960/2017)

Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (Remastered SACD) (1960/2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 202 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 83 Mb | 00:35:59
Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions — 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3 and also released on Hybrid SACD. All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray.

VA - The Great Saxophones (1951-1970) (1994) {Chess/GRP}

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VA - The Great Saxophones (1951-1970) (1994) {Chess/GRP}

VA - The Great Saxophones (1951-1970) (1994) {Chess/GRP}
WEB Rip | FLAC (no log) | scans | 390 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 140 mb
Genre: jazz

The Great Saxophones (1951-1970) is a 1994 compilation CD dedicated to some of the jazz artists released on Chess Records. This was released by Chess/GRP as part of The Original Chess Masters Jazz Series and GRP Presents The Legendary Masters Of Jazz.

Gene Ammons - The Jughead (2020)

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Gene Ammons - The Jughead (2020)

Gene Ammons - The Jughead (2020)
FLAC tracks | 5:30:49 | 2,04 Gb
Genre:Jazz / Label: Master Tape Records

Gene Ammons, who had a huge and immediately recognizable tone on tenor, was a very flexible player who could play bebop with the best (always battling his friend Sonny Stitt to a tie) yet was an influence on the R&B world. Some of his ballad renditions became hits and, despite two unfortunate interruptions in his career, Ammons remained a popular attraction for 25 years. Son of the great boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons, Gene Ammons (who was nicknamed "Jug") left Chicago at age 18 to work with King Kolax's band. He originally came to fame as a key soloist with Billy Eckstine's orchestra during 1944-1947, trading off with Dexter Gordon on the famous Eckstine record Blowing the Blues Away.

Gene Ammons - 1951-1953 (2005)

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Gene Ammons - 1951-1953 (2005)

Gene Ammons - 1951-1953 (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 325 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1406)

This fourth installment in the Classics Gene Ammons chronology sews together everything recorded and released under his name for the Prestige, Decca, and United record labels between June 1951 and June 1953. Instrumental highlights, in addition to Ammons' sensually charged tenor saxophone, include Sonny Stitt on supporting tenor (on tracks 13-16, Stitt plays baritone sax); trombonist J.J. Johnson (tracks 13-16); and trumpeter supreme Johnny Coles, who was destined to make outstanding records with James Moody and Charles Mingus (tracks 17-24). This particular slice of Gene Ammons' career is delightfully gutsy and easy to relate to…

Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (1960) {1999 Fantasy Jazz; 20bit K2 Super Coding} **[RE-UP]**

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Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (1960) {1999 Fantasy Jazz; 20bit K2 Super Coding} **[RE-UP]**

Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor (1960) {1999 20bit K2 Super Coding}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 245 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 97 mb
Genre: jazz

Boss Tenor is the 1960 album by American jazz saxophonist Gene Ammons. Originally released on the Prestige label, this edition was released in 1999 by Fantasy Jazz using the 20bit K2 Super Coding system and is remastered by Kazushige Yamazaki.

Gene Ammons - Legends Of Acid Jazz [Recorded 1962-1971] (1997)

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Gene Ammons - Legends Of Acid Jazz [Recorded 1962-1971] (1997)

Gene Ammons - Legends Of Acid Jazz [Recorded 1962-1971] (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 406 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prestige Records (PRCD-24188-2)

As is often the case in this CD reissue series, the music has little to do with acid jazz, but it does feature a few organists. Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons is heard on music that formerly comprised two complete LPs from 1970-1971 (The Black Cat and As You Talk That Talk), plus a pair of titles from a 1962 date only previously out on a sampler. The Black Cat is an interesting if erratic set that finds Ammons (along with guitarist George Freeman, Harold Mabern on electric piano, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Idris Muhammad) playing everything from the pop tune "Long Long Time" and George Harrison's "Something" (both of those tunes have unimaginative strings) to "Jug Eyes" and the boppish blues "Hi Ruth." As You Talk That Talk is a reunion with fellow tenor Sonny Stitt…

Gene Ammons - Bad! Bossa Nova (1962) [Reissue 1989]

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Gene Ammons - Bad! Bossa Nova (1962) [Reissue 1989]

Gene Ammons - Bad! Bossa Nova (1962) [Reissue 1989]
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 196 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 89 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige (OJCCD-351-2 (P-7257))

This was Ammons' final recording before "being made an example of" and getting a lengthy jail sentence for possession of heroin; his next record would be cut over seven years later. The music is surprisingly upbeat, with Ammons joined by two guitars (Bucky Pizzarelli and Kenny Burrell), a fine rhythm section (pianist Hank Jones, bassist Norman Edge, and drummer Oliver Jackson), and the bongos of Al Hayes for a set of Latin-flavored jazz that was masquerading as bossa nova. The music is offbeat if not all that memorable, a decent effort but not essential.

Gene Ammons - A Stranger in Town [Recorded 1954-1970] (2002)

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Gene Ammons - A Stranger in Town [Recorded 1954-1970] (2002)

Gene Ammons - A Stranger in Town [Recorded 1954-1970] (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 446 MB | Covers (9 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Presige Records (00025218526623)

For those who love Gene "Jug" Ammons' playing, there are various reasons to be frustrated. First, the tenor titan was only 49 when he died of cancer on August 6, 1974 - in an ideal world, a player that masterful would have had as long a life as Benny Carter. And second, there is the fact that Ammons was imprisoned for heroin use from 1962-1969; the harsh sentence that he received makes an excellent case for combating drug abuse with treatment rather than incarceration. But here's the good news: When Ammons wasn't behind bars, he recorded frequently and his work was - despite his drug problems - amazingly consistent. If Fantasy decided to put together a 20-CD Ammons box set, there would be a wealth of five-star material to choose from…

Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - God Bless Jug and Sonny [Recorded 1973] (2001)

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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - God Bless Jug and Sonny [Recorded 1973] (2001)

Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - God Bless Jug and Sonny [Recorded 1973] (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 407 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Presige/Fantasy (00025218311922)

The focus of this exciting, if imperfect, CD is a 1973 reunion of Gene "Jug" Ammons and Sonny Stitt, who were responsible for some of the most famous tenor saxophone battles of the 1940s and early '50s. When the two locked horns, it was musical sportsmanship at its finest. Jug and Stitt had a mutual respect for one another, and their battles were the essence of friendly competition. Some die-hard beboppers might be disappointed to learn that God Bless Jug and Sonny (which was recorded live in Baltimore in 1973 but went unreleased until 2001) isn't all that competitive - the saxmen don't try to relive their legendary cutting contests of the 1940s and early '50s…

Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead from Chicago August 1961 (1962) [Reissue 1992]

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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead from Chicago August 1961 (1962) [Reissue 1992]

Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead from Chicago August 1961 (1962) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 257 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (837 440-2)

This encounter between tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt (who doubles on tenor and alto) is a true classic. Ammons and Stitt teamed together many times over a three-decade period, including co-leading a band during 1950-1952, but Boss Tenors is arguably their finest recording. Backed by pianist John Houston, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer George Brown, Ammons and Stitt battle it out on "There Is No Greater Love," Ammons' "The One Before This," "Autumn Leaves," "Blues Up and Down," and Stitt's "Counter Clockwise." This is competitive bebop at its best, with Stitt and Ammons proving to be equal matches. Essential music for all jazz collections.

Richard Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin' with Jug (1961) (Repost)

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Richard Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin' with Jug (1961) (Repost)

Richard Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin' with Jug (1961)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 334 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 134 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Pacific Jazz (CDP 7 92930 2)

Ironically, Gene "Jug" Ammons tended to be critical of organists; he was quoted as saying that "organ players don't know any changes." However, as critical the Chicago tenor saxman might have been of organists - most of them, anyway - he did some of his best work in their presence. When you united Ammons with Jack McDuff, Johnny "Hammond" Smith and other B-3 masters in the '60s, the sparks would fly. They certainly fly on this excellent album, which finds Ammons and Richard "Groove" Holmes co-leading a soul-jazz/hard bop organ combo that also includes guitarist Gene Edwards and drummer Leroy Henderson…

Gene Ammons - Blue Gene (1958)

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Gene Ammons - Blue Gene (1958)

Gene Ammons - Blue Gene (1958)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 261 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 104 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prestige (00025218619226)

The final of his series of jam sessions for Prestige features an excellent septet (the leader on tenor, trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Doug Watkins, drummer Art Taylor and Ray Barretto on congas) stretching out on three original blues and the ballad "Hip Tip"; all four pieces were written by Waldron. Few surprises occur but everyone plays up to their usual high level.