Gene Ammons on the cover of 1960's Boss Tenor.
Courtesy of Prestige
April 16, 2008 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. His prolific recording career has resulted in music that has withstood the test of time.
February 20, 2008 Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons had an ability to infuse originals and standards with preachy yet elegant clouds of sound. His immense talents helped the Chicago native shape the sounds of soul, jazz, and R&B.
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August 1, 2001 Gene "Jug" Ammons played bebop and R&B with equal skill. As the founder of the "Chicago School" of tenor sax, he performed with the Woody Herman and Billy Eckstine orchestras. He and his saxophonist friend, Sonny Stitt, often seemed to be in competition when they played together, as they do in this album.
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