Gene Ammons — Boss Tenor

This is a classy, soulful record by the great tenor player Gene Ammons.   It’s a relaxed set that has a nice mix of blues and ballads.  As you’d expect, the band is fantastic–Tommy Flanagan (p), Doug Watkins (b), Arthur Taylor (dr), with Ray Barretto (conga), which is a nice addition that sets it apart from similar small groups.

This is a clean stereo first pressing, which I haven’t seen much of, mono must have been much more common.  Sounds quite good, although it does have bit of that hard-panned/”hole in the middle” thing. Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder.

(Details: Prestige 7180 stereo/silver and black deepgroove NJ label/RVG stereo stamp)

Gene Ammons — Close Your Eyes

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