The Happy Blues is an album by saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1956 and released on the Prestige label.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
The Happy Blues is one of the great studio jam sessions in history. Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons is teamed up with trumpeter Art Farmer, altoist Jackie McLean, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Addison Farmer, drummer Art Taylor, and the congas of Candido for four lengthy selections. Best is the title track, which has memorable solos and spontaneous but perfectly fitting riffing by the horns behind each others’ solos. The other numbers (“The Great Lie,” “Can’t We Be Friends,” and “Madhouse”) are also quite enjoyable, making this a highly recommended set (http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-happy-blues-mw0000413645).
“The Happy Blues” (Art Farmer) – 12:08
“The Great Lie” (Cab Calloway, Andy Gibson) – 8:42
“Can’t We Be Friends?” (Paul James, Kay Swift) – 12:54
“Madhouse” (Jackie McLean) – 6:42
Gene Ammons – tenor saxophone
Art Farmer – trumpet
Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
Duke Jordan – piano
Addison Farmer – bass
Art Taylor – drums
Candido – congas
Recorded: April 23, 1956
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Producer: Bob Weinstock
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