Gene Ammons : Nice an' Cool

Gene Ammons : Nice an' Cool

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Gene Ammons (tenor sax), Richard Wyands (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), J.C. Heard (drums)

Prestige Moodsville 18

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Till There Was You
A2 - Answer Me, My Love
A3 - Willow Weep For Me
A4 - Little Girl Blue
B1 - Something I Dreamed Last Night
B2 - Something Wonderful
B3 - I Remember You
B4 - Someone To Watch Over Me

Recorded on January 26, 1961 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

A 1961 set of standards heavy on the ballads, Nice An' Cool is prime Gene Ammons. In front of a sympathetic piano-bass-drums trio (Richard Wyands, Doug Watkins, and the great J.C. Heard, respectively), Ammons' brilliant soulful tenor saxophone really stretches out on the familiar melodies, but the relatively concise arrangements (all of the eight tracks are between three and eight minutes, with most hovering around the five-minute mark) don't allow him to wander too far afield as he occasionally does on less structured sessions. Nice An' Cool is first and foremost a mood album, with the unity of sound more important than the individual performances, but Ammons particularly shines on the extended opener, a tender, restrained version of The Music Man's "Til There Was You" that sidesteps the mawkishness of many interpretations in favor of a dignified grace. The backing trio is excellent throughout.

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.