Sunday, February 20, 2011

Great Jazz Albums (IMO) #21

Gene Ammons.  Boss Tenor (1960).  "Gene 'Jug' Ammons was one of the tenor giants of his era. He had a  big, deep tone that was perfect for everything from warm ballads to groove-intensive blues or sweet swing."   Boss Tenor is one of the classic albums that he recorded for Prestige.  It has something for everyone:  "From the blues that drips from 'Hittin’ the Jug' and 'Blue Ammons' to the infectious medium bounce of the standards 'Close Your Eyes' and 'Canadian Sunset,' and from the sophisticated swing of 'Stompin’ at the Savoy' to the finger-poppin’ bop of 'Confirmation' and the after-hours balladry of 'My Romance.'"

[Related posts:  Really Great Jazz Albums,  #1 (Hank Mobley); , #2 (Horace Silver), #3 (Sonny Rollins), #4 (Sonny Clark), #5 (Dexter Gordon), #6 (Cannonball Adderley), #7 (Bill Evans), #8 (McCoy Tyner), #9 (Clifford Brown), #10 (Sinatra), #11 (Monk), #12 (Kenny Dorham), #13 (Coltrane), #14 (Duke Ellington), #15 (Miles Davis), #16 (Wayne Shorter), #17 (Dinah Washington); #18 (Sarah Vaughan); #19 (Stan Getz); #20 (Blue Mitchell)]

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