Blowing the Blues Away 1944-1947 is a good introduction to bebop tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons. It captures the earliest sides of Ammons as a member of the Billy Eckstine Orchestra, featuring jazz legends Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie. He is also heard with his father and boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings and leading his own Gene Ammons Sextet. These 19 tracks include "McDonald's Sprout," "Second Balcony Jump," and the legendary tenor sax showdown with Gordon, "Blowing the Blues Away." This is a great collection on the French label EPM. It may be slightly difficult to obtain but well worth the search.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell