Monday, November 29, 2010

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Legends Of Acid Jazz - Gene Ammons


















Rating: 6/10
Sound Quality: Lossless
Format: Flac
Record Label: Prestige
Year Released: 1998
Album Covers: Included
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Note From Dada!

Ώτα μου καλημέρα,
Συνεχίζω απ' την ίδια σειρά της Prestige, η οποία υπήρξε η κύρια δισκογραφική εταιρεία στην οποία ηχογράφησε τις περισσότερες δισκογραφικές του δουλειές ο τενόρο σαξοφωνίστας Gene Ammons ή γνωστός και με το παρατσούκλι "The Boss".
Πρόκειται για μία "συλλογή" αποτελούμενη από τρεις δισκογραφικές δουλειές του Ammons. Το "The Black Cat" από το 1970, το "You Talk That Talk" (album εξ' αδιαιρέτου με τον Sonny Stitt) ηχογραφημένο το 1971 και τέλος τα δύο μουσικά θέματα που υπάρχουν στις πλευρές ενός 45άρι δίσκου. Το τελευταίο δισκάκι (προερχόμενο λίγο παλιότερα χρονικά - Μάϊος του 1962) δεν είναι καταχωρημένο ως δίσκος του Ammons άλλα το "μοιράζεται" με τους Don Patterson, Paul Weeden, και Billy James*.

Sonny Stitt, Ron Carter, Idris Muhammad και Leon Spencer είναι μερικά ονόματα απ' τους μουσικούς που πλαισιώνουν αυτά τα album του Ammons τις συνθέσεις των οποίων παραθέτω αναλυτικότερα παρακάτω. Για μία πρόγευση του τι ακριβώς περιέχει αυτό το cdακι διαλέγω το εξαιρετικό "Jug Eyes" σε σύνθεση του Ammons από το "The Black Cat" και μία απ' τις πιο ομόρφες συνθέσεις του Harold Ousley  (τενόρο σαξοφωνίστας που συμμετείχε ως sideman εκτός από albums του Ammons και σε δισκογραφικές δουλειές των George Benson, Count Basie, Brother Jack McDuff  κ.α.) το "The People's Choice" από το "You Talk That Talk"

Σας φιλώ στο μόντεμ!
Radiodada

Jug Eyes - Gene Ammons


The People's Choice - Gene Ammons



*Δεν κατάφερα να βρω αρκετά στοιχεία για αυτό το δισκάκι (και αυτά που βρήκα είναι αναμφίβολα σωστά) οπότε αν κάποιος γνωρίζει κάτι περισσότερο ας αφήσει ένα σχόλιο...















The Black Cat
Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone)
Harold Mabern (piano, electric piano)
George Freeman (guitar)
Ron Carter (bass)
Idris Muhammad (drums)

You Talk That Talk
Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone)
Sonny Stitt (tenor saxophone, varitone saxophone)
Leon Spencer (organ)
George Freeman (guitar)
Idris Muhammad (drums)

The Soul Giants
Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone)
Don Patterson (organ)
Paul Weeden (guitar)
Billy James (drums)

About Gene Ammons
Eugene "Jug" Ammons (April 14, 1925 – July 23, 1974) also known as "The Boss," was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons.

Ammons began to gain recognition when he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax band in 1943, at the age of 18. He became a member of the Billy Eckstine and Woody Herman bands in 1944 and 1949 respectively, and then in 1950 formed a duet with Sonny Stitt. His later career was interrupted by two prison sentences for narcotics possession, the first from 1958 to 1960, the second from 1962 to 1969. He recorded as a leader for Mercury (1947-1949), Aristocrat (1948-1950) and Chess (1950-1951), Prestige (1950-1952), Decca (1952), and United (1952-1953). For the rest of his career, he was affiliated with Prestige.

Ammons and Von Freeman were the founders of the Chicago School of tenor saxophone. His style of playing showed influences from Lester Young as well as Ben Webster. These artists had helped develop the sound of the tenor saxophone to higher levels of expressiveness. Ammons, together with Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, helped integrate their developments with the emerging "vernacular" of the bebop movement, and the chromaticism and rhythmic variety of Charlie Parker is evident in his playing.

While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons more than Young, Webster or Parker, stayed in touch with the commercial blues and R&B of his day. The "soul Jazz" movement of the mid-1960s, often using the combination of tenor saxophone and Hammond B3 electric organ, counts him as a founder. Often using a thinner, drier tone than Stitt or Gordon, Ammons could at will exploit a vast range of textures on the instrument, vocalizing it in ways that look forward to later artists like Stanley Turrentine, Houston Person, and remarkably Archie Shepp. Ammons showed little interest, however, in the modal jazz of John Coltrane, Joe Henderson or Wayne Shorter that was emerging at the same time.

Some fine ballad performances in his oeuvre are testament to an exceptional sense of intonation and melodic symmetry, powerful lyrical expressiveness, and mastery both of the blues and the bebop vernacular which can now be described as, in its own way, "classical."

"Answer Me, My Love" written by Fred Rauch, Carl Sigman and Gerhard Winkler, performed by Gene Ammons is featured on the soundtrack for Romance & Cigarettes (2005). Equipment: "Jug" played on a Bb Conn 10M Tenor Saxophone and a Brilhart Ebolin mouthpiece. Ammons is considered a major influence on the style of popular jazz tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Ammons died in 1974, at the age of 49, after a battle with cancer.

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Radiodada said...

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Bill said...

These Acid Jazz comps are GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

Radiodada said...

Hi Bill
Glad you liked them...my pleasure...

Stay tuned!
Radiodada

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