Gene Ammons : Boss Tenor

Gene Ammons : Boss Tenor

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Gene Ammons (tenor sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Arthur Taylor (drums), Ray Barretto (congas)

Prestige 7180

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Hittin' the Jug
A2 - Close Your Eyes
A3 - My Romance
B1 - Canadian Sunset
B2 - Blue Ammons
B3 - Confirmation
B4 - Savoy

Recorded on June 16, 1960 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

For nearly a quarter-century, beginning in 1950, tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons (1925 - 1974) was among the brightest stars in the Prestige Records firmament. Whether leading or partaking in one of Prestige’s jam sessions, immersing himself in the organ-dominated blues and gospel grooves that in the 1950s came to be called “soul jazz,” or digging deep for heart-rending ballads, Ammons was multiply masterful. And in 1960, leading a quintet featuring the impeccable pianist Tommy Flanagan, plus Ray Barretto’s piquant congas, he produced the insuperable Boss Tenor.

From the blues that drips from “Hittin’ the Jug” and “Blue Ammons” to the infectious medium bounce of the standards “Close Your Eyes” and “Canadian Sunset,” and from the sophisticated swing of “Stompin’ at the Savoy” to the finger-poppin’ bop of “Confirmation” and the after-hours balladry of “My Romance,” Boss Tenor has something for everyone claiming to be a fan of modern jazz.

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.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analogue master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of-the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.