Gene Ammons : Blue Gene

Gene Ammons : Blue Gene


Gene Ammons (tenor sax), Idrees Suliemans (trumpet), Pepper Adams (bariton sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Arthur Taylor (drums), Ray Barretto (congas)

recorded in 1958

Prestige 7146

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45 rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A - Blue Gene
B - Scamperin
C - Blue Greens and Beans
D - Hip Tip

Recorded on May 2, 1958 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Another of the mid-1950s Ammons studio jam sessions for Prestige, Blue Gene lives up to its title by utilizing blues changes as the basis for three of its four selections. Pianist Mal Waldron wrote all these lines and the minor-key ballad, “Hip Tip.” Ammons was one of the most expressive saxophonists and, in Idrees Sulieman and Pepper Adams, he found soulmates among the other horns. Each man had jammed with Gene on Prestige previously.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffmann and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.