Gene Ammons And His All Stars – Groove Blues (Full Album)

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

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
On Jan. 3, 1958, Gene Ammons led one of his last all-star jam sessions for Prestige. The most notable aspect to this date (which resulted in two albums of material) is that it featured among its soloists John Coltrane, on alto. This CD, a straight reissue of one of the original LPs, includes baritonist Pepper Adams, the tenor of Paul Quinichette and Coltrane on two of the four selections and Jerome Richardson’s flute during three of the songs in addition to a fine rhythm section (pianist Mal Waldron, bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor). This set consists of three of Waldron’s originals in addition to the standard ballad “It Might as Well Be Spring” and it (along with the CD The Big Sound) fully documents the productive day.

Track listing:
All compositions by Mal Waldron except as indicated

“Ammon Joy” – 13:19
“Groove Blues” – 9:35
“Jug Handle” – 10:11
“It Might as Well Be Spring” (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 11:32

Gene Ammons – tenor saxophone
Jerome Richardson – flute (tracks 1-3)
John Coltrane – alto saxophone (tracks 1, 2 & 4)
Paul Quinichette – tenor saxophone (track 1 & 2)
Pepper Adams – baritone saxophone (tracks 1 & 2)
Mal Waldron – piano
George Joyner – bass
Art Taylor – drums


Released: 1958
Recorded: January 3, 1958
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Length: 49:20
Label: Prestige
PRLP 7201
Producer: Bob Weinstock