Gene Ammons

The Gene Ammons Story: The 78 Era

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:00 Amazon
4 2:56 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
11
3:01 Spotify
12
2:48 SpotifyAmazon
13
2:52 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
16
3:12 SpotifyAmazon
17
2:07 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:15 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
20
2:44 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:38 Amazon
23 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
26
2:42 SpotifyAmazon
27 3:43 SpotifyAmazon
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