The Gene Ammons Story: The 78 Era

Gene Ammons

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The Gene Ammons Story: The 78 Era Review

by Scott Yanow

This CD contains 26 of the 30 selections included on the two-LP set of the same name (and catalog number). Although mostly cut during an era when Ammons co-led a two-tenor group with Sonny Stitt, the focus is almost entirely on Ammons. All but the final five titles are from the 1950-51 period and these concise performances were originally on 78s. Even at this early stage Ammons's tone was quite distinctive and he was able to combine the innovations of bop with the simplicity of R&B in his forceful and direct solos; also, few could play ballads with the passion he possessed. This CD is recommended to listeners who do not already own the two-fer.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Gene Ammons 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
2 Gene Ammons 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
3 Gene Ammons 03:00 Amazon
4 Gene Ammons 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
5 Gene Ammons 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
6 Gene Ammons 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
7 Gene Ammons 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
8 Gene Ammons 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
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10 Gene Ammons 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
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Gene Ammons 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
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Jug
Gene Ammons 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
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Wow
Gene Ammons 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
14 Gene Ammons 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
15 Gene Ammons 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
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Gene Ammons 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
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Gene Ammons 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
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19 Gene Ammons 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
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Gene Ammons 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
21 Gene Ammons 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
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23 Gene Ammons 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
24 Gene Ammons 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
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Gene Ammons 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
27 Gene Ammons 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
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