Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Brother Jack McDuff – Soul Summit

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Soul Summit is an album by saxophonists Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt with organist Jack McDuff recorded in 1962 and released on the Prestige label.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
The two early-’60s LPs in the Soul Summit series featured some of the many collaborations of tenors Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, who are joined by organist Jack McDuff and drummer Charlie Persip. Their six performances are primarily riff tunes, with “When You Wish Upon a Star” taken at a medium pace and “Out in the Cold Again” the lone ballad. The second half of this CD, which features both volumes, features Ammons on two songs (“Love, I’ve Found You” and a swinging “Too Marvelous for Words”) with a big band arranged by Oliver Nelson, jamming “Ballad for Baby” with a quintet, sitting out “Scram” (which stars McDuff and the tenor of Harold Vick), and backing singer Etta Jones on three numbers, of which “Cool, Cool Daddy” is the most memorable. Overall, this is an interesting and consistently swinging set that adds to the large quantity of recordings that the great Ammons did during the early ’60s (https://goo.gl/gGFJha).

Track listing:
All compositions by Gene Ammons except as indicated

“Tubby” – 9:10
“Dumplin'” (Sonny Stitt) – 5:00
“When You Wish Upon a Star” (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington) – 4:30
“Shuffle Twist” – 6:00
“Sleeping Susan” (Jimmy Mundy) – 5:35
“Out in the Cold Again” (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler) – 6:40

Personnel:
Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt – tenor saxophone
Jack McDuff – organ
Charlie Persip – drums

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Released: 1962
Recorded: February 19, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Label: Prestige
PR 7234
Producer: Esmond Edwards

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