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Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead from Chicago 1961 [Import]

Gene Ammons, Ammons/Stitt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B00000478H
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. There Is No Greater LoveSonny Stitt 6:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The One Before ThisSonny Stitt 7:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Autumn LeavesGene Ammons 6:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blues Up And DownSonny Stitt 8:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Counter ClockwiseGene Ammons 9:370.99  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars boogie on down 22 Sep 2010
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A teriffic album by two saxophonists who know one anothers style very well as they have combined on several recordings. I first came across Sonny Stitt some 44 years ago when I obtained an album entitled 'Stitts Bits' I've been a fan ever since. At that time my contemporaries were listening to pop music and I was considered strange for my prediliction to jazz. Still, after all these years I find the excitement and drive of this music to be as compelling as ever. I will not comment on each track as I will exceed the number of words allowed for a review, suffice to say that there is not a bad track on this album just 38.5 minutes of unbelieveable music. Considering that this album was recorded almost 50 years ago it is as relevant now as the day it was made. Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are blowing a grove that just won't stop. If you are a lover of the saxaphone and saxaphone jazz this is for you. I reccommend this for anyone who is building a jazz collection and wants albums you will listen to over and over again. BRILLIANT RECORDING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a toe tapping ride 30 April 2007
By Swing King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Early in 1950, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt co-led a two tenor septet together and frequently interlocked horns during live jazz settings. It is befitting that the two tenors came together in Chicago then for this August 1961 date to play, this time in a quintet formation. The rhythm section here is a solid one, featuring John Houston on piano, Buster Williams on bass and George Brown on drums.

"There Is No Greater Love" is an up-tempo ballad featuring some magnificent interactions between Ammons and Simmons in 8 bar increments. "The One Before This" is a romping melody with Sonny and Gene blowing out choruses in turn. Originally produced by Creed Taylor for Verve, this album was digitally remastered by Tom Ruff at PolyGram Studios. The sound quality and caliber of musicianship are excellent on this release, so I recommend this one without hesitation to the jazz collector in you.


Gene Ammons (tenor sax)

Sonny Stitt (tenor and alto sax)

John Houston (piano)

Buster Williams (bass)

George Brown (drums)
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars!!!! 27 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Take "kind of Blue". Take "Blue Trane". Take the best thing Mingus ever did. Take the most soulful & bluesest Howard Land lick ever laid down . . . combine it with the raw intuition of people like Cannonball and Bill Evans, blend it with, say, Oscar Peterson's super-duper-swing . . . and you have that wonderful kernal that gets people -- all people: jazz fans or not -- tapping their toes and moving their heads. This CD embodies that essence; it simply flows. It should be one of the popular classics, but Gene Ammons -- as great as he was -- didn't have that Miles mystique (or business sense). Like the above reviewer said: these guys are playing catch, i.e., their communication is unbelievable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Penultimate Trip 29 Dec 2001
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you wanted to catch Jug and Sonny in Chicago circa 1961, you took your chances (esp. if you were a white boy) and headed to McKie's Show Lounge at 63rd and Cottage Grove. No risk was too great to deny the ultimate reward--the experience of being seated literally inches from the Selmer Mark 6's of the South Side's two great tenor troubadors, miraculously squeezed together on a postage-stamp bandstand along with a drummer and Hammond B-3 player just across the bar (patrons would reach across and shake the hand of a triumphant soloist, or pass along a drink to the usually obliging Sonny).
As good as this album is, it comes up just a trifle short because of the use of an acoustic piano, at the time an artifact of the recording studio (though Sonny would gravitate more and more toward piano players as the sixties closed out). For the "ultimate trip" the album you want is the one with Jug and Sonny plus Donald Patterson on organ, especially the side that includes tunes like "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Why Was I Born," "Long Ago and Far Away," and "Walkin'". At one time, that side was included with this one as part of a two-fer album called "Prime Cuts." It might take some trouble to find, but it's well worth the hunt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ammons & Stitt: Their best CD together 14 Sep 2006
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt first recorded together back in 1950; their dueling tenor sounds opened lots of eyes and the Boss Tenors seemed totally suited to each other's extroverted style of playing jazz. In the early 1960s they made a few albums together, and this is one of them. It's not surprising they'd kick things off with BLUES UP AND DOWN, which dates back to their first recording session together - a stomping up-tempo a-a-a blues that pits each man's prowess off the other's. They begin to trade choruses right from the get-go, and the 8-minute performance is one of their best. But what's kind of interesting about this album is that Sonny and Gene don't actually do battle with each other track after track; there's a lot of lyricism and shared moments here. Sonny is at his pacifist best on the catchy tune THE ONE BEFORE THIS where his playing is smooth and creamy. The blues COUNTER CLOCKWISE, which goes into double-time in the middle of each man's solo, again features the two in a complimentary fashion rather than pugilistically. The playing is very relaxed after the opening romper, especially on AUTUMN LEAVES and THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE. Gene and Sonny would cut another album together for Verve the following year (1962), which is also good, but this CD is exceptionally good. It's one of their best together.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from this duo... 23 Aug 2007
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A bit short at 37 minutes compared to many CD compilations which add bonus tracks, still the quality of the music here is hard to match anywhere. This is uniformly lively, and "Autumn Leaves" is hardly recognizable when compared to jazz treatments which take it slower. I still like their mellower collaboration, "We'll be Together Again" even better, but not by much. While Sonny Stitt has had a longer career than Gene Ammons, I think the tracks laid down by the two together are likely to be superior to anything either did alone. Good jazz, good driving music, keeps you awake, makes you smile...what else do you need?
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