Gentle Jug, Vol.3 0201


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Review Text Anyone who has even the most basic knowledge of Gene "Jug" Ammons will tell you how marvelous a ballad player he was. When the tenor titan played ballads, there was nothing superficial going on -- Ammons dug deep and showed the world what soulful, smoky, ultra-expressive playing was all about. Assembled in 2000, Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 marked the third time that Fantasy put together a ballad-oriented collection by the saxophone master. For those who don't know anything about Ammons, three Gentle Jug collections might seem excessive, but it isn't. Spanning 1961-1970, Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 draws on Ammons' Prestige years and -- like the two previous Gentle Jug collections -- shows why his lyrical ballad playing was so revered. Whether he is interpreting "Blue Velvet," "The Masquerade Is Over" or Mel Tormé's "Born to Be Blue," this 61-minute, 11-song CD paints a consistently attractive picture of Jug's romantic side. His haunting 1960 performance of "Angel Eyes" is among the most captivating versions of that great, if overdone, standard -- and when Ammons pours his heart into "Lush Life," it is obvious that he has no problem relating to Billy Strayhorn's world-weary outlook. While some of these performances feature pianists, others find Jug leading organ combos. Surprisingly, Jug was not a big fan of organists; he complained that they "didn't know changes" -- nonetheless, he did some of his best (and most popular) work in their presence. Like the previous Gentle Jug collections, this hard bop/soul-jazz CD is well worth obtaining if you are searching for an album of smoky mood music. ~ Alex Henderson

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Didn't We - 6:07
  2. 2. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over - 5:45
  3. 3. Out in the Cold Again - 7:50
  4. 4. Let It Be You - 4:52
  5. 5. Blue Velvet - 4:09
  6. 6. My Foolish Heart - 5:14
  7. 7. You Better Go Now - 3:19
  8. 8. Lush Life - 6:02
  9. 9. Angel Eyes - 9:48
  10. 10. We'll Be Together Again - 5:35
  11. 11. Born to Be Blue - 7:18

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