Blues Up & Down: Boss Tenors + Dig Him (2 LPs on 1 CD)
  • Verve V6-8426 Verve V6-8426
  • Argo LP-697 Argo LP-697
  • Gene Ammons Gene Ammons
  • Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
  • Stitt & Ammons Stitt & Ammons

Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt

Blues Up & Down: Boss Tenors + Dig Him (2 LPs on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Gene Ammons (ts), Sonny Stitt (ts & as), John Houston (p), Charles Williams (b), George Brown (d)

Reference: FSRCD 695

Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt were co-leaders of their own group in the early 50s, but though it took them almost ten years to get back together again, they were as incendiary a pair as ever. Stitts legendary quickness of thought and execution were, as always, outstanding, but Ammons passion and adroit, canny way of developing his solos made him an ideal partner for these two-tenor jousts Stitt, by the way, also picks up his alto for a lyrical Theres No Greater Love. John Houston, who had played with Ammons and Stitt in the early 50s, is the only familiar name in a solid rhythm section.

The timeless groove delivered by this superior combination puts the music beyond analysis. Just enjoy two great pros and their swinging message.


Tracklisting:

01. Blues Up & Down (Ammons-Stitt) 8:45
02. Counter Clockwise (Sonny Stitt) 9:36
03. There Is No Greater Love (Symes-Jones) 6:28
04. The One Before This (Gene Ammons) 7:08
05. Autumn Leaves (Kosma-Mercer) 6:31
06. Red Sails in the Sunset
(Kennedy-Williams) 4:18
07. But Not for Me (G. & I. Gershwin) 4:14
08. A Pair of Red Pants (Sonny Stitt) 4:34
09. Well Be Together Again (Fisher-Lane) 4:29
10. A Mess (Sonny Stitt) 3:16
11. New Blues Up & Down (Ammons-Stitt) 3:52
12. My Foolish Heart (Young-Washington) 5:08
13. Headin West (Water Jug) (Gene Ammons) 2:34
14. Autumn Leaves (Kosma-Mercer) 4:07
15. Time on My Hands
(Youmans-Gordon-Adamson) 3:51


Original sources:

Tracks #1-5, from the 12 Verve LP
Boss Tenors (V6-8426)

Tracks #6-15, from the 12 Argo LP
Dig Him! (LP-697)



Personnel on all tracks:

Gene Ammons (tenor sax); Sonny Stitt (tenor & alto sax on #3); John Houston (piano); Charles Williams (bass); and George Brown (drums).

Recorded at Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, August 22 (#1-5) & 26 (#6-15) 1961.



Original recordings produced by
Jack Tracy (#1-5) & Creed Taylor (#6-15)
Verve cover photo: Pompeo Posar
Argo cover photo: Don Bronstein

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

24-Bit Digitally Remastered

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Notes:

-Boss Tenors

"This encounter between tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt (who doubles on tenor and alto) is a true classic. Ammons and Stitt teamed together many times over a three-decade period, including co-leading a band during 1950-1952, but Boss Tenors is arguably their finest recording. Backed by pianist John Houston, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer George Brown, Ammons and Stitt battle it out on "There Is No Greater Love," Ammons' "The One Before This," "Autumn Leaves," "Blues Up and Down," and Stitt's "Counter Clockwise." This is competitive bebop at its best, with Stitt and Ammons proving to be equal matches. Essential music for all jazz collections."

-Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

Price:

$10.94  (tax incl.)

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