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Gene Ammons

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. Other than a notable stint with Woody Herman's Third Herd in 1949 and an attempt at co-leading a two tenor group in the early '50s with Sonny Stitt, Ammons worked as a single throughout his career, recording frequently (most notably for Prestige) in settings ranging from quartets and organ combos to all-star jam sessions. Drug problems kept him in prison during much of 1958-1960 and, due to a particularly stiff sentence, 1962-1969. When Ammons returned to the scene in 1969, he opened up his style a bit, including some of the emotional cries of the avant-garde while utilizing funky rhythm sections, but he was still able to battle Sonny Stitt on his own terms. Ironically the last song that he ever recorded (just a short time before he was diagnosed with terminal cancer) was "Goodbye." ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Track List: Gene Ammons And His All-Stars: Groove Blues

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Track List: Gene Ammons All Stars

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bevbevan
One of my favorite albums in my Jazz collection is one featuring both Ammons and Sonny Stitt. It provides a great example of the competition between the two as well as the mutual respect of each. It literally COOKS!!!
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poppa_bear49
Ammon'...JOY . GREAT!!
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used to wonderful effect on FADING GIGILO soundtrack
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8133bjc commented Ammons is the greatest
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Estas músicas de antes son muy buenas e incomparable s
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working.eye
First heard Mr. Ammons on Nancy Wilson's Jazz Profiles show on NPR...
love at first hearing... Thanks, Pandora
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Love this guys sounds great to listen to. Great runs, love the way he plays. Keep um coming Pandora.
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I can't stand this kind of jazz. Makes me uncomfortabl e and have to turn it off.
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NOBODY LIKE JUG! THANK YOU GOD.
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I first heard his Divine sounds after
Finding a recording Someone left when
They moved out an apartment I was cleaning and I just out of pure curiosity
I played it and fell in hypnotic LOVE
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AMMON JOY. gogo JUG go
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My dad turned me on to jazz when I was 13yrs old. Gene Ammons was one of the
First record .his birthday is the same as mind. Gene has a hard life. The jug lives. On.
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HITTIN THE JUG
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webersf
so so many wonderful jazz guys and gals ! thank you god or mother nature , wow
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Why do you have the bio for Richard Groove Holmes when it should be Gene Ammons?
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Fabulous melloe music. Nice to learn about the musicians that were hot when I was 10. Am now 75 and loving it soo much. Phyllis
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jackcfeldman 1 9 4 8
Here we have the music of Gene Ammons and a biography for Richard Holmes. There are so many misplaced biographies, one wonders why Pandora even bothers.
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monroecliffo r d
LOVE IT
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markberres
Underappreci a t e d . I spread the word on Mr. Ammons whenever possible.
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the record i have is boss tenor
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i have a gene jug record on disc and i love it. his nickname was also a nickname of a classmate of mine e.ruth. hi school his name is jeremiah bradley and his nickname was jug sometimes jughead sometimes mia
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Regardless of the bio misprint, its still good info! I own a ton of Gene Ammons music (wish I could have seen him live) the Jug sound is an infusion of the big sound of Ben Webster and the quiet sound of Coleman Hawkins with the lyricism of Stan Getz, put Jug with an organ and his side kick Sonny Stitt you got some music of the ages, he's turned soul-jazz on its ear!!
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I first heard Jug when I was 14. Got My Own is still my favorate Album.
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xman48_768
My dad had an after hours club in Chicago on the westside,340 0 w on Grenshaw.I learned about music in that basement and a few other things.When Jug came home in 1969 he was in concert at the Auditorium.I t was my first time seeing him.WOW.Musi c is and always be how I remember my life.
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pat1091
Bio Needs Fixin....??
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You still have the bio backwards..d a m n . . b u t man is Jug COOKING ..yes in deed!!!
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brotherbones t a y l o r
bio?
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Wrong Bio- Get Your S**t together
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Why is Holmes' biography instead of Ammons?
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Man, Jug is Chicago, all the way. With an organ group, he cooked like nobody's business. Long live the soul master.
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tcwilsonjr
Gorgeous tone!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Awesome
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I've never heard anything by "Jug" that I didn't like!
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This is not Gene Ammons
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Gorgeous tone, great lyricism, passionate soulful playing. A master of the tenor.
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The bio is wrong...Gene never got the respect he deserved...t h i s is just another example..I love this concept..but . . get a proof reader..Jug played beautifully. . .
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A forgotten monster of the tenor sax.The man lived a hard life thanks to uncle sam.Just awfull punishment for a life style
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If you love Gene, go out and buy "Angel Eyes", it's the best thing you'll ever hear!!!!!, I know because i have his entire catalog. I started listing to him when i was 8 years old and there is no one better.
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no one has better tone than G AMMONS on tenor not Stan Getz
says Andy Robinson
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listening to sarah vaughn,diana washington-- - - - - - - - j u s t loving it
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Get the bio right - Groove Holmes ain't Gene Ammons.
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GENE AMMONS WON ME OVER WHEN HE PLAYED MY FOOLISH HEART. WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. WE TRYED TO GET HIM FOR OUR PROM. BUT GO MILT BUCKNER SHAME SMILE.
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i haven't met anyone that doesn't dig jug. great sound.
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the jugmaster general
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tootyman
Great artist long overdue for greatness!
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This is the first time that I have heard this and it is just delicious!
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I heard Gene play "Someone to watch over me". Actually, I was watching a movie and he played this tune on the soundtrack. I immediately did the research and found out it was Gene. I've loved his music ever since.
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i grew up listening to jazz, particurly sax players and Jug was my favorite.At my young years Iwas not big or strong enough to play sports. my hobby was building and flying model airplanes. I`ve had a good life married to my childhood sweetheart KRISTIE. (46 years) 3 kids and 7 grand children. I played upright bass, Tenor sax, and now fool around with the Harp (blues>
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alesioaud
thanks to this site that I found I can listen to who I want and when I want, it is a great find for me. great great site Pandora
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