Personnel: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); John Coltrane (alto saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute); Mal Waldron (piano); George Joyner (bass); Arthur Taylor (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on January 3, 1958. Originally released on Prestige (7132). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler.
Digitally remastered by Gary Hobish (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); John Coltrane (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Adams, Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Mal Waldron (piano); Art Taylor (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Gary Hobish.
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (01/03/1958); New Jersey (01/03/1958).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Gene Ammons; Adams; Jerome Richardson; John Coltrane; Mal Waldron; Paul Quinichette; Pepper Adams; George Joyner.
THE BIG SOUND is a companion to GROOVE BLUES. Both albums were recorded on a single day in 1958 and feature an impressive array of players. Ammons' tenor saxophone is joined here by John Coltrane's alto, Paul Quinichette's tenor, Pepper Adams' alto, and Jerome Richardson's flute. The rhythm section is anchored by the piano of Mal Waldron. The set opens with the slow blues "Blue Hymn," an Ammons original. Waldron's "The Real McCoy" then kicks things into higher gear with an excitingly propulsive arrangement. The massed horns state the tune's main theme before breaking off into furious soloing. Likewise, Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" swings at a clip at once laid back and relentless. As with GROOVE BLUES, the album closes with a ballad, the song form forever linked with Ammons.