All-Star Sessions

All-Star Sessions

by Gene Ammons All StarsGene Ammons All Stars


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A bop classic, All-Star Session was the recording debut of Gene Ammons as a leader with his group the Gene Ammons All-Stars, featuring his fellow tenor saxophonist Sonny Stitt. At the time, Ammons and Stitt were legendary on the New York bop scene for the extended cutting contests they would get into on-stage; wisely, the album re-creates that excitement on its first two extended tracks, "Woofin' and Tweetin" (whose 15-minutes-plus took up nearly an entire side of the original 1950 LP, still a daring move at the time) and the even-more-exciting ten-minute blast "Juggernaut." Stitt and Ammons make an intriguing pair, with Ammons' Lester Young-influenced style going up against the bluesier, rawer sound of the Charlie Parker disciple Stitt; neither back down, and even the ten brief 78 sides and studio outtakes that fill out this CD feature some hot solos. A pair of ballads recorded around the same time, "When I Dream of You" and "A Lover Is Blue," provide a much-needed breather and a bit of relaxation after the previous ten tracks' worth of classic hard bop. Those looking to explore Stitt and Ammons' enormous catalogs (both together and separately) could do much worse than starting right here.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/1993
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218601429
catalogNumber: 14

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Ammons All Stars   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Jo Jones   Drums
Duke Jordan   Piano
Freddie Redd   Piano
Sonny Stitt   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Tommy Potter   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Addison Farmer   Bass
Junior Mance   Piano
Teddy Stewart   Drums
Gene Wright   Bass
Wesley Landers   Drums
Bill Massey   Trumpet
Charles Bateman   Piano
Outcalt   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gene Ammons   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Sonny Stitt   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Charles Carpenter   Composer
Louis Dunlap   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Composer

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