'Jug' Ammons albums can be difficult to obtain, so this is a great opportunity to lay your hands on six of his best, for minimal outlay. Sound quality is good throughout, and five of the six albums feature only four extended tracks (from 7 to 14 minutes each). 'Happy Blues' features Jackie McLean alto and Art Farmer's trumpet, with Duke Jordan on piano; 'Jammin in Hi-Fi' keeps McLean, but Mal Waldron takes over keyboards thereafter, and Idress Sulieman on trombone and Kenny Burrell on guitar. Pepper Adams baritone sax is the major change in 'Blue Gene', while there's an early Coltrane appearance on alto & tenor sax, and some sublime flute by Jerome Richardson on both 'Groove Blues' and 'Big Sound'.
'Boss Tenor' has Ammons as solo horn, and Tommy Flanagan replaces Waldron on piano, while Art Taylor on drums is the only other band member to appear throughout. Varied and lively as the various band combinations are, my particular favourite is 'Boss Tenor', as Ammons is more able to influence the mood of the pieces, and this allows the balladeer to come through on gorgeous pieces such as 'Close Your Eyes' and 'My Romance'. If you enjoy this side of Ammons, his The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug is an exquisite combination of two ballad-heavy albums, which are bewitching from first to last.
Although 'Real Gone Jazz' provide personnel, album dates and track lengths, there as usual is no additional information. However, this should be adequate for most, and the overall quality & price of this set, makes it very attractive.