Gene Ammons’ All Stars ‎– The Big Sound (Full Album)

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The Big Sound is an album by saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1958 and released on the Prestige label. The album was recorded at the same sessions which produced Groove Blues.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Along with its fellow CD, Groove Blues, this reissue fully documents all of the music recorded by tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons on the busy day of January 3, 1958. Although there were many guest soloists, only one of the four songs on this half of the set (Mal Waldron’s “The Real McCoy”) has appearances by John Coltrane (on alto) and the tenor of Paul Quinichette. However, baritonist Pepper Adams is aboard for two of the performances, and flutist Jerome Richardson (along with pianist Mal Waldron, bassist George Joyner, and drummer Art Taylor) are on all four. Ammons is easily the main star (he really excelled in this setting) and is in generally fine form on the two standards (“That’s All” and “Cheek to Cheek”), his own “Blue Hymn,” and the Waldron original (https://www.allmusic.com/album/big-sound-mw0000675253).

Track listing:
“Blue Hymn” (Gene Ammons) – 12:37
“The Real McCoy” (Mal Waldron) – 8:33
“Cheek to Cheek” (Irving Berlin) – 14:12
“That’s All” (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes) – 13:58

Personnel:
Gene Ammons – tenor saxophone
Jerome Richardson – flute
John Coltrane – alto saxophone (track 2)
Paul Quinichette – tenor saxophone (track 2)
Pepper Adams – baritone saxophone (tracks 2 & 4)
Mal Waldron – piano
George Joyner – bass
Art Taylor – drums

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Released: 1958
Recorded: January 3, 1958
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 49:20
Label: Prestige
PRLP 7132
Producer: Bob Weinstock

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