Gene Ammons

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Sock! Review

by Stewart Mason

Another odds and sods release compiled from outtakes of sessions that took place between 1955 and 1962 in settings ranging from piano trios to full orchestras to tide listeners over while Gene Ammons was serving an extended drug-related prison sentence, 1965's Sock! is basically a mess. The ten brief songs are strung together with no thought given to sound or segues, and the material itself is pretty weak, with the opening "Blues for Turfers" and the deadly-dull jive of "Rock-Roll" particular offenders. Many of the albums Prestige released during Ammons' incarceration are well-chosen selections selected and sequenced with an eye for consistency of mood, and as such, they stand up so well that they've been reissued on CD alongside his proper albums. Sock!, on the other hand, is such a botch that less than half of the album's songs have since appeared on CD.

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