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Ammons began to gain recognition while still at high school when inat the age of 18, he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax's band. In he joined the band of Billy Eckstine who bestowed on him the nickname "Jug" when straw hats ordered for the band did not fitplaying alongside Charlie Parker and later Dexter Gordon.
Notable performances from this period include "Blowin' the Blues Away," featuring a saxophone duel between Ammons and Gordon.
The s were a prolific period for Ammons and produced some acclaimed recordings such as "The Happy Blues" Vignette - Charlie Haden With Gonzalo Rubalcaba And Paul Motian - The Montreal Tapes later career was interrupted by two prison sentences for narcotics possession, the first from tothe second from to He recorded as a leader for Mercury —Aristocrat —Chess —Prestige —Deccaand United — For the rest of his career, he was affiliated with Prestige.
After his release from prison inhaving served a seven-year sentence at Joliet penitentiary, he signed the largest contract ever offered at that time by Prestige's Bob Weinstock.
Both records were released simultaneously. Ammons and Von Freeman were the founders of the Chicago school of tenor saxophone.
Ammons's style of playing showed influences from Lester Young as well as Ben Webster. These artists had helped develop the sound of the tenor saxophone to higher levels of House Warmin - Gene Ammons - Housewarmin. Ammons, together with Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, helped integrate their developments with the emerging "vernacular" of the bebop movement, and the chromaticism and rhythmic variety of Charlie Parker is evident in his playing.
For example, in the saxophonist's recording of "My Foolish Heart" made Billboard Magazine's black House Warmin - Gene Ammons - Housewarmin charts. The soul jazz movement of the mids, often using the combination of tenor saxophone and Hammond B3 electric organ, counts him as a founder. With a thicker, warmer tone than Stitt or Gordon, Ammons could at will exploit a vast range of textures on the instrument, vocalizing it in ways that look forward to later artists like Stanley Turrentine, Houston Person, and even Archie Shepp.
Ammons showed little interest, however, in the modal jazz of John Coltrane, Joe Henderson or Wayne Shorter that was emerging at the same time. Some ballad performances in his oeuvre are testament to an exceptional sense of intonation and melodic symmetry, powerful lyrical expressiveness, and mastery both of the blues and the bebop vernacular that can now be described as, in its own way, "classical".
He is often pictured playing a Brilhart Ebolin mouthpiece. Ammons Eleonore - Various - Love Classics - Le Più Belle Canzoni Damore considered a major influence on the style of popular jazz tenor saxophonist Joshua House Warmin - Gene Ammons - Housewarmin . Source : Wikipedia.
Gene Ammons. Ammons died in Chicago inat the age of 49, from cancer. Playing style Ammons and Von Freeman were the founders of the Chicago school of tenor saxophone. In Chicago Prestige Up Tight! Prestige, [rel. Prestige, — [rel. Prestige, [as with the above line] Night Lights Prestige, [rel. Prestigecompilation of The Boss Is Back! Up Tight! Prestigecompilation of Up Tight!
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