2 LPs on 1 CD: NICE AN' COOL (1961)/THE SOULFUL MOOD OF GENE AMMONS (1962).
Producer: Esmond Edwards.
Compilation producer: Bob Porter.
Includes liner notes by Bob Porter.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
NICE AN' COOL:
Personnel: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano); Doug Watkins (bass); J.C. Heard (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on January 26, 1961. Originally released on Prestige/Moodsville (18).
THE SOULFUL MOOD OF GENE AMMONS:
Personnel: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Patti Bown (piano); George Duvivier (bass); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 14, 1962. Originally released on Moodsville (28).
Personnel: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Etta Jones (vocals); Patricia Brown, Patti Bown, Richard Wyands (piano); J.C. Heard, Walter Perkins, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bob Porter.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (01/26/1961/04/14/1962).
Photographer: Esmond Edwards.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Doug Watkins; Gene Ammons; George Duvivier; J.C. Heard; Patti Bown; Richard Wyands.
This single CD reissues the two-LP set of the same name. Included are two sessions originally cut for Prestige's subsidiary Moodsville (Nice an' Cool and The Soulful Mood of Gene Ammons), which are purposely relaxed and strictly at ballad tempos. Fortunately, Ammons (who had a distinctive, huge tone) was long a master at interpreting ballads, and although these performances do not quite reach the heights of his greatest recordings, the lyrical music is quite enjoyable. Accompanied by either Richard Wyands or Patti Bown on piano, Doug Watkins or George Duvivier on bass, and J.C. Heard or Ed Shaughnessy on drums, Ammons is tasteful and creative in a subtle way throughout these successful dates. ~ Scott Yanow