Gene Ammons

Got My Own

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Recorded at the same sessions that resulted in the more commercial Big Bad Jug, this LP (whose contents have not yet been reissued on CD) is the better of the two thanks to the inclusion of four Billie Holiday-associated songs. Ammons (even with the electric rhythm section) is in strong form on "Lady Sings the Blues," "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit" and "Fine and Mellow." The other three pieces (which include the theme from Ben and a Neal Diamond tune) are not as inspiring but Ammons's huge sound makes the music worthwhile.

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