Complete Recordings With Mal Waldron, Pepper Adams & Art Taylor (3 Lps On 2 Cds) + Bonus Tracks
  • PRLP 7146 PRLP 7146
  • PRLP 7201 PRLP 7201
  • PRLP 7132 PRLP 7132
  • PRLP 7039 PRLP 7039
  • Gene Ammons Gene Ammons
  • Mal Waldron Mal Waldron

Gene Ammons

Complete Recordings With Mal Waldron, Pepper Adams & Art Taylor (3 Lps On 2 Cds) + Bonus Tracks

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Idrees Sulieman, Art Farmer (tp), Gene Ammons, Paul Quinichette (ts), Jackie McLean, John Coltrane (as), Pepper Adams (bs), Jerome Richardson (fl), Mal Waldron, Duke Jordan (p), Doug Watkins, Addison Farmer (b), Art Taylor (d) Ray Barretto (perc)

Reference: FSRCD 798_2

The three albums included in this set come from two straightforward blowing sessions played by two outstanding all-star groups of jazzmen, under the leadership of muscular tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons. The organizing force behind these sessions was Mal Waldron, responsible for seven originals and the unpretentious charts on both datessimple, uncomplicated vehicles on which the players happily take flight.

On Blue Gene the horns complement each other in terms of style and tonal balance, with trumpeter Idrees Sulieman in bitingly good form and Pepper Adams contributing some tearaway baritone solos. The Waldron-Watkins-Taylor rhythm section, with Ray Barretto on congas, is strong and reliable. Full of soul, both Groove Blues and The Big Sound come from the same date, with much good blowing by Adams, Jerome Richardson adding his customary unhurried taste on flute, a pungent Paul Quinichette on tenor, and a self-confidently gutsy John Coltrane playing alto in his tenor style. Waldrons excellent and unobtrusive comping and soloing, propelled by Joyner and Taylors rhythm work, are other positives. And Ammons is as strong and sure of himself as ever, giving pleasure with his uncluttered, heated playing and sure sense of swing.


Tracklisting:

CD 1

01. Blue Gene (Waldron) 13:54
02. Scamperin' (Waldron) 8:46
03. Blue Greens n Beans (Waldron) 9:01
04. Hip Tip (Waldron) 8:55
05. Ammon Joy (Waldron) 13:16
06. Groove Blues (Ammons) 9:32
07. The Real McCoy (Waldron) 8:32

CD 2

01. That's All (Brandt-Haymes-Otis-Owens) 13:57
2. It Might As Well Be Spring
(Rogers-Hammerstein) 11:33
3. Cheek To Cheek (Berlin) 14:12
4. Jug Handle (Waldron) 10:10
5. Blue Hymn (Ammons) 12:37
06. Can't We Be Friends? (James-Swift) 12:54


Sources:
CD 1 - Tracks #1-4, from the album
"Blue Gene" (Prestige PRLP 7146)

CD 1 - Tracks #5, 6 & CD 2 #2, 4 from the album
"Groove Blues" (Prestige PRLP 7201)

CD 1 - Tracks #7 & CD 2 #1, 3, 5 from the album
"The Big Sound" (Prestige PRLP 7132)

CD 2 - Tracks #6 from from the album
"The Happy Blues" (Prestige PRLP 7039)



Personnel on CD 1, tracks #1-4:

Idrees Sulieman (tp), Gene Ammons (ts), Pepper Adams (bs), Mal Waldron (p), Doug Watkins (b), Art Taylor (d) Ray Barretto (congas)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J., May 2, 1958


Personnel on CD 1, tracks #5-7:

Jerome Richardson (fl); John Coltrane (as); Gene Ammons, Paul Quinichette (ts); Pepper Adams (bs); Mal Waldron (p, arr), George Joyner (b); Arthur Taylor (d)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 3, 1958


Personnel on CD 2, tracks #1-5:

Jerome Richardson (fl, out #2), John Coltrane (as, out #1,3,4,5), Gene Ammons (ts), Pepper Adams (bs, out #2,3,4,5), Mal Waldron (p, arr), George Joyner (b), Arthur Taylor (d)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 3, 1958


Personnel on CD 2, track #6:

Art Farmer (tp), Jackie McLean (as), Gene Ammons (ts), Duke Jordan (p), Addison Farmer (b), Art Taylor (d), Candido Camero (conga)

Recorded in Hackensack, NJ, April 23, 1956



Original recordings supervised by Bob Weinstock
Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Original art design & photos by Don Schlitten, Esmond Edwards, Tom Hannan

This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol


Stereo / Hi Fidelity · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

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Note:
Track 6 on CD 2, Can't We Be Friends? from the album The Happy Blues, has been added here as a bonus track because it didn't fit the maximum running time of FSR-797, which includes the remainder of the album.

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Review:

"Ah! Theres nothing like the big beefy sound of the Texas Tenor to cure whatever pains you have. Im convinced if you could just take Gene Ammons tone and make a balm out of it and rub it into your muscles, youd feel like you had a 30 minute massage.

The Complete Sessions with Adams are culled from three 1958 sessions, Blue Gene, Groove Blues and The Big Sound along with a single track from a 1956 album. A warm ballad like Hip Top mixes with blues such as Blue Greens n Beans which has some nice conga work by ray Barretto. John Coltrane shows up on on alto (!) show up for The Real McCoy and Jerome Richardsons flute floats along with Paul Quinichettes lighter than air tenor on the title track Groove Blues. Pepper Adams slithers and snaps on Thats All and you can palpate Ammons breath on Jug Handle and Blue Hymn. These two collections make you stop and wonder, who playing nowadays would I want to be on a jam session? The fact youre still waiting for a first candidate tells you more than anything else why you should grab this gem!"

George Harris -January 17, 2014
www.jazzweekly.com

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$16.07  (tax incl.)

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