Gene Ammons

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Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt always made for a perfect team and it is a real pity that the music on this double LP has not yet surfaced on CD. The two tenors (with Stitt doubling on alto) are heard at their most combative during these consistently exciting performances; one session is with a piano trio led by John Houston while the other features organist Donald Patterson. Highpoints include "John Brown's Body," "Bye, Bye Blackbird," "Blues up and Down" and "There Is No Greater Love."