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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt: Left Bank Encores

Read "Left Bank Encores" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The antithesis of studio-bred perfection, Left Bank Encores is another interesting artifact of Ammons and Stitt’s long-term partnership. The presence of a large, vocal crowd at the Famous Ballroom doesn’t spur the expected tenor battle; rather, something looser and less dramatic occurs.

During a brisk rendition of “Just In Time,” the set’s opener, Ammons states the ...

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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt: God Bless Jug and Sonny

Read "God Bless Jug and Sonny" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Jug and Sonny share a place near the top in the pantheon of tandem tenor teams. Their spirited, hard-charging contests, which always seem to end in amicable draws are the stuff of canonical jazz legend so the news of an previously unreleased recording of the pair is undoubtedly enough to set the countenances of their loyal ...