196

Gene Ammons: Gentle Jug, Vol. 3

Derek Taylor By

Sign in to view read count
Gene Ammons: Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 Among the legion of artists represented on the Fantasy Records roster Gene Ammons remains one of the most anthologized. Collections of his work abound and a primary reason for this was the prolific pace he set with the Prestige label (one of many now under the Fantasy umbrella) for nearly a quarter century and waxed sessions well into the double digits. Another reason stems the various stylistic suits he wore during his long tenure that make the ideal catalysts for compilation.

This disc, the third in Fantasy’s Gentle Jug series, once again narrows the lens to explore one of Ammons most renowned preoccupations, the art of the ballad. No one could get to the root of a ballad like Jug. His huge, velvety tone was perfectly suited to unbridled romanticism and on the majority of his individual albums he always reserved room for at least a handful of ballad features. Distilling eleven such tracks from eight LPs recorded during the decade of the 1960s this collection illustrates Ammons proficiency with the form perfectly. A wide variety of sidemen join him in the cause and the most common backing instrumentations (perhaps expected given the vintage of these sides) are organ combos, though there are several rhythm sections that favor piano are also included. In each instance the emphasis is on feeling over technical display. Filled with amorous intentions Jug isn’t interested in breaking the door down when he can just as easily gain entry with a gentle knock, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses.

Highlights of the collection include gorgeous renderings of standards like “Blue Velvet,” and “Lush Life” along with a pair of tunes featuring Ammons with his long-time friend/bandstand adversary Sonny Stitt. While these latter tracks don’t match the mythology of earlier meetings between the two, it’s still a pleasure to hear the pair wrap their horns around the familiar melodies and squeeze out every drop of emotion. This disc is like that expensive bottle of cognac, uncorked on occasions when the rigors of daily life have frayed the edges of the soul and an instant paregoric is needed to smooth things out.


Track Listing: Didn

Personnel: Gene Ammons- tenor saxophone; Sonny Phillips- organ; Bob Bushnell- Fender bass; Bernard Purdie- drums; Clarence

Title: Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Prestige Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read I Believe In You CD/LP/Track Review I Believe In You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Morning Sun CD/LP/Track Review Morning Sun
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 18, 2017
Read The Conscience CD/LP/Track Review The Conscience
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Harlem CD/LP/Track Review Harlem
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read "Serpentines" CD/LP/Track Review Serpentines
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2016
Read "High Time" CD/LP/Track Review High Time
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 26, 2017
Read "King Of Xhosa" CD/LP/Track Review King Of Xhosa
by James Nadal
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Matador 4" CD/LP/Track Review Matador 4
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by John Sharpe
Published: November 11, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.