Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gene Ammons and Friends at Montreux [Prestige/OJC]

Gene Ammons and Friends at Montreux [Prestige/OJC]
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Genre ~ Hard-Bop | Label ~ Prestige/OJC

Ammons, whose studio recordings of the period were somewhat commercial, is heard in excellent form playing a blues and three standards with the backing of a fine rhythm section: Hampton Hawes (who unfortunately sticks to electric piano), electric bassist Bob Cranshaw, drummer Kenny Clarke and Kenneth Nash on congas. Best of all is a 17-minute blues on which Ammons welcomes fellow tenor Dexter Gordon, cornetist Nat Adderley and altoist Cannonball Adderley; the four horns all get to trade off with each other. This is one of the better late-period Gene Ammons records. ~Allmusic

01. Yardbird Suite (7:31)
02. Since I Fell for You (8:27)
03. New Sonny's Blues (7:36)
04. Sophisticated Lady (5:44)
05. 'Treuz Bleu (17:06)

Gene Ammons - tenor saxophone
Dexter Gordon - tenor saxophone (on #5 only)
Cannonball Adderley - alto saxophone (on #5 only)
Nat Adderley - cornet (on #5 only)
Hampton Hawes - electric piano
Bob Cranshaw - electric bass
Kenny Clarke - drums
Kenneth Nash - congas

Produced by Orrin Keepnews
Recorded during concert performance at the Montreux (Switxerland) Jazz Festival; July 7, 1973
Recording Engineers: Chris Penycate, Carlos Olms
Remix Engineer: Jim Stern (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Remastering, 1999 - Kirk Felton (Fantasy)
Original LP art direction & photography by Tony Lane
Cover Montage: Jamie Putnam