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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Jazz for a Lazy Day

1. Blue Roller

2. Stringin' the Jug

3. Groove Blues

4. New Blues up and Down

5. Them There Eyes

6. Funky

7. Seven Eleven

8. Sock

9. Hip Tip

10. Love Is Here to Stay

12. Stella by Starlight

13. Archie

14. Hot Stuff

15. Blue Gene

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Track List: Heavy Sax (Digitally Remastered)

1. House Warmin'

2. Jivin' Around

3. Nothing But Soul

4. Jug-N-McGhee

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Track List: Hi Fidelity Jam Session

1. Happy Blues

2. The Great Lie

3. Can't We Be Friends

4. Madhouse

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Track List: Jug Sessions

Disc 1

1. Concentration

4. Idaho

6. Shufflin' The Boogie

7. S.P. Blues

8. Little Irv

9. Abdullah's Fiesta

10. Brother Jug's Sermon

11. Everything Depends On You

12. Hot Springs

13. When You're Gone

14. Little Slam

Disc 2

2. Mcdougal's Sprout

3. Hold That Money

4. Shermanski

5. Harold The Fox

6. Jeet Jet

7. Odd-En-Dow

8. Going For The Okey Doak

9. E.A.A.K. Blues

10. Blowing The Family Jewels

11. Sugar Coated

12. Dues In Blues

13. Jay, Jay

14. Daddy Sauce's Airlines

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Track List: Blue Ammons

1. Close Your Eyes

2. Confirmation

3. Hittin' The Jug

4. My Romance

5. Blue Ammons

6. Savoy

7. Canadian Sunset

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Track List: The Chronological Gene Ammons: 1951-1953

1. Ammons Boogie

2. Echo Chamber Blues

3. Sirocco

5. Hot Stuff

6. Them There Eyes

7. When The Saints Go Marching In

8. Archie

9. Undecided

10. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

13. I'll Walk Alone

14. Old Folks

15. Beezy

16. Somewhere Along The Way

17. Just Chips

18. Street Of Dreams

19. The Beat (Good Time Blues)

20. Travelin' Light

21. Red Top

22. Fuzzy

23. Stairway To The Stars

24. Jim Dawgs

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Track List: The Chronological Gene Ammons: 1950-1951

1. I Wanna Be Loved

2. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

3. Back In Your Own Backyard

4. Sweet Jennie Lou

5. La Vie En Rose

6. Seven Eleven

7. Jug Head Ramble

8. Can Anyone Explain

9. Don't Do Me Wrong

10. Prelude To A Kiss

13. When I Dream Of You

14. A Lover Is Blue

16. Jug

17. Wow!

18. Blue And Sentimental

21. Baby, Won't You Please Say Yes

22. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

23. It's You Or No One

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Track List: Fine And Mellow

1. Lady Sings The Blues

2. Play Me

3. Ben

4. Fly Me

5. Fuzz

6. Fine And Mellow

7. Strange Fruit

8. Big Bad Jug

9. God Bless The Child

10. Tin Shack Out Back

11. Lady Mama

12. I Can't Help Myself

13. Lucille

14. Papa Was A Rolling Stone

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Track List: A Stranger In Town

1. The Song Is You

2. Light'n Up

3. Short Stop

4. They Say You're Laughing At Me

5. Salome's Tune

6. Blue Coolade

7. A Stranger In Town

8. Scam

9. Count Your Blessings

10. Cara Mia

11. Night Lights

12. Nature Boy

13. Calypso Blues

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Track List: Gentle Jug, Volume 3

1. Didn't We

2. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over

4. Let It Be You

5. Blue Velvet

7. You Better Go Now

8. Lush Life

9. Angel Eyes

11. Born To Be Blue

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Track List: Greatest Hits:The 70s

1. The Jungle Boss

2. Ger-Ru

3. Jungle Strut

4. Didn't We

5. The Black Cat

6. Long, Long Time

8. My Way

9. Chicago Breakdown

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Track List: Greatest Hits: The 50s

1. Blues Up And Down (Take 2)

2. Gravy (Aka Walkin')

3. Sock

4. Happy Blues (2006)

5. Jammin With Gene

6. Funky

7. The Twister

8. Blue Greens And Beans

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Track List: Legends Of Acid Jazz

1. The Black Cat

2. Long, Long Time

3. Piece To Keep Away Evil Spirits

4. Jug Eyes

5. Something

6. Hi Ruth!

13. I Can't Stop Loving You

14. My Babe

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Track List: Gentle Jug, Volume 2

1. It's The Talk Of The Town

2. They Say You're Laughing At Me

3. You Go To My Head

4. A Stranger In Town

6. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman

7. My Romance

9. Here's That Rainy Day

10. Don't Go To Strangers

11. A House Is Not A Home

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Track List: Red Top

1. El Sino

2. Ineta

3. Wild Leo

4. Leaping Leo

5. Just Chips

6. Street Of Dreams

7. Good Time Blues

8. Travellin' Light

9. Red Top

10. Fuzzy

11. Stairway To The Stars

12. Jim Dawgs

13. Big Slam Part 1

14. Big Slam Part 2

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Track List: Early Visions

Disc 1

1. Swingin' For Xmas

2. The Talk Of The Town

3. The Battle

4. Jam For Boppers

5. Do You Really Mean It?

6. Bless You

7. Stuffy

8. Once In A While

9. Pennies From Heaven

10. Cha Bootie

11. More Moon

12. The Last Mile

Disc 2

1. Goodbye

2. Tenor Eleven

3. It's You Or No One

4. My Foolish Heart

5. Jug Head Ramble

6. You Go To My Head

7. Baby, Won't You Please Say Yes

8. Don't Do Me Wrong

9. Prelude To A Kiss

10. Can Anyone Explain

11. I'm Not The Kind Of A Guy (You're Not The Kind Of A Girl)

12. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

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Track List: The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug

1. Till There Was You

2. Answer Me, My Love

3. Willow Weep For Me

4. Little Girl Blue

5. Something I Dreamed Last Night

6. Something Wonderful

7. I Remember You

8. Someone To Watch Over Me

9. Two Different Worlds

10. But Beautiful

11. Skylark

12. Three Little Words

13. Street Of Dreams

14. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

15. Under A Blanket Of Blue

16. I'm Glad There Is You

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Track List: The Gene Ammons Story: The 78 Era

1. Bye Bye

2. Chabootie

3. Gravy (Aka Walkin')

4. Easy Glide

5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

6. Back In Your Own Back Yard

7. Sweet Jennie Lou

8. Seven Eleven

9. When I Dream Of You

10. A Lover Is Blue

11. 'Round About One A.M.

12. Jug

13. Wow

14. Blue And Sentimental

15. Ammons Boogie

16. Echo Chamber Blues

17. Hot Stuff

18. Them There Eyes

19. When The Saints Go Marching In

20. Archie

21. Undecided

22. (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along

23. Sock

24. What I Say

25. This Is Always

26. Blue Roller

27. Love Is Here To Stay

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Track List: The Gene Ammons Story: Organ Combos

2. Born To Be Blue

7. Velvet Soul

8. In Sid's Thing

9. Blue Room

10. Water Jug

11. Angel Eyes

12. Gettin' Around

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Track List: Goodbye

1. Sticks

2. Alone Again (Naturally)

3. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

4. Jeannine

5. Geru's Blues

6. Goodbye

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Track List: Gene Ammons And Friends At Montreux

1. Yardbird Suite (Live)

2. Since I Fell For You (Live)

3. New Sonny's Blues (Live)

4. Sophisticated Lady (Live)

5. 'Treux Blues (Live)

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Track List: The Boss Is Back!

1. Tastin' The Jug

2. I Wonder

3. Ger-Ru

4. Here's That Rainy Day

5. Madame Queen

6. The Jungle Boss

7. Jungle Strut

8. Didn't We

9. He's A Real Gone Guy

10. Feeling Good

11. Blue Velvet

12. Son Of A Preacher Man

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Track List: Makes It Happen

1. My Foolish Heart

2. Prelude To A Kiss

3. Goodbye

4. Can Anyone Explain

5. It's You Or No One

6. Pennies From Heaven

7. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

8. You Go To My Head

9. Once In A While

10. It's The Talk Of The Town

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Track List: Preachin'

1. Sweet Hour

2. Yield Not

3. Abide With Mme

4. Blessed Assurance

5. The Prayer

6. You'll Never Walk Alone

7. I Believe

8. Precious Memories

9. What A Friend

10. Holy Holy

11. The Light

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Track List: Bad! Bossa Nova

1. Pagan Love Song

2. Ca' Purange (Jungle Soul)

3. Anna

4. Cae Cae

5. Moito Mato Grosso

6. Yellow Bird

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Track List: Late Hour Special

1. The Party's Over

2. I Want To Be Loved

3. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

4. Lascivious

5. Makin' Whoopee

6. Soft Winds

7. Lullaby Of The Leaves

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Track List: Live! In Chicago

1. Scrapple From The Apple (Live)

2. Falling In Love With Love (Live)

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Live)

4. Sweet Georgia Brown

5. It Could Happen To You (Live)

6. Foot Tappin'

7. P.MP-A.M. (P.K.A. Jug's Blue Blues) (Live)

8. Fast Track

9. C-Jam Blues

10. But Not For Me (Live)

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Track List: Groovin' With Jug

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Track List: Jug

1. Ol' Man River

2. Easy To Love

3. Seed Shack

4. Let It Be You

5. Exactly Like You

6. Miss Lucy

7. Namely You

8. Tangerine

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Track List: Up Tight!

1. The Breeze And I

2. Carbow

3. Moonglow

4. I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over

5. I'm Beginning To See The Light

6. Jug's Blue Blues

7. Lester Leaps In

8. The Five O'Clock Whistle

9. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman

10. Song Of The Islands

11. Up Tight

12. Travelin'

13. Soft Summer Breeze

14. Don't Go To Strangers

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Track List: Seed Shack

1. Seed Shack

2. Exactly Like You

3. Easy To Love

4. Let It Be You

5. Ol' Man River

6. Miss Lucy

7. Namely You

8. Tangerine

9. I Sold My Heart To The Junk Man

10. Moonglow

11. The Five O'clock Whistle

12. The Breeze And I

13. Jug's Blue Blues

14. Up Tight!

15. Lester Leaps In

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Track List: Carbow

1. Carbow

2. Travelin'

3. Don't Go To Strangers

4. Song Of The Islands

5. I'm Beginning To See The Light

6. Soft Summer Breeze

7. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over

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Track List: Angel Eyes

1. Gettin' Around

2. Blue Room

3. You Go To My Head

4. Angel Eyes

5. Water Jug

6. It's The Talk Of The Town

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Track List: Boss Tenor

1. Hittin' The Jug

2. Close Your Eyes

3. My Romance

4. Canadian Sunset

5. Blue Ammons

6. Confirmation

7. Stompin' At The Savoy

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Track List: Blue Gene

1. Blue Gene

2. Scamperin'

3. Blue Greens And Beans

4. Hip Tip

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Track List: Gene Ammons And His All-Stars: Groove Blues

1. Ammon Joy

2. Groove Blues

3. Jug Handle

4. It Might As Well Be Spring

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Track List: The Big Sound

1. Blue Hymn

2. The Real McCoy

3. Cheek To Cheek

4. That's All

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Track List: Jammin' In Hi-Fi With Gene Ammons

1. The Twister

2. Four

3. Pennies From Heaven

4. Cattin'

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Track List: Funky

1. Funky

2. Pint Size

3. Stella By Starlight

4. King Size

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Track List: Gene Ammons All Stars

1. Jammin' With Gene

2. We'll Be Together Again

3. Not Really The Blues

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Jug what a horn I loved when he came out with the boss is back wonderful I mean fabulous
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Gene Ammons was a bad MF I will always listen to him blow........ .
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Yet another great find on Pandora.
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Gene was, as the story goes, in need and had to hock his alto sax. Bob Solano, trumpet and flugelhorn ,my teacher at SUC Oneonta, NY dropped the cash and passed it to me.. Having only played the soprano C, I was thrilled to receive the alto--a new world of power and deep notes. Still have it. Has a halo for sure. Steve Rowan
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weteye54
can someone tell me why he was jailed from 62 to 69. Seems such an injustice unless he played the role of Mack The Knife
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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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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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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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