Gene Ammons – Up Tight (Full Album)

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Up Tight! is an album by saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1961 and released on the Prestige label.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Gene Ammons recorded many albums for Prestige but, if this CD is a good start for listeners unfamiliar with his playing. A reissue of two LPs (Up Tight and Boss Soul) recorded during the same two-day period, these performances find Ammons backed by a pair of four-piece rhythm sections (with either Walter Bishop or Patti Bown on piano and Ray Barretto’s congas a major asset) and taking the lion’s share of the solo space. Ammons sounds particularly warm and emotional throughout this CD, particularly on such numbers as “The Breeze and I,” “I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is over,” a cooking “Lester Leaps In” and “Song of the Islands.” His sound and style effectively bridged the gap between bop and soul jazz (

Track listing:
All compositions by Gene Ammons except as indicated

“The Breeze and I” (Ernesto Lecuona, Al Stillman) – 6:25
“I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” (Leon René) – 4:30
“Moonglow” (Eddie DeLange, Will Hudson, Irving Mills) – 5:02
“Up Tight!” – 3:32
“The Five O’Clock Whistle” (Kim Gannon, Gene Irwin, Josef Myrow) – 5:56
“Jug’s Blue Blues” – 8:15
“Lester Leaps In” (Lester Young) – 4:10
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 17, 1961 (tracks 1, 3, 6 & 7), and October 18, 1961 (tracks 2, 4 & 5)

Gene Ammons – tenor saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. (tracks 1, 3, 6 & 7), Patti Bown (tracks 2, 4 & 5) – piano
Art Davis (tracks 1, 3, 6 & 7), George Duvivier (tracks 2, 4 & 5) – bass
Art Taylor – drums
Ray Barretto – congas

Released: 1961
Recorded: October 17 & 18, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Label: Prestige
PRLP 7208
Producer: Esmond Edwards