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Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead from Chicago 1961


Download links and information about Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead from Chicago 1961 by Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt. This album was released in 1961 and it belongs to Jazz, Bop genres. It contains 5 tracks with total duration of 38:51 minutes.

Artist: Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt
Release date: 1961
Genre: Jazz, Bop
Tracks: 5
Duration: 38:51
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No. Title Length
1. There Is No Greater Love 6:34
2. The One Before This 7:13
3. Autumn Leaves 6:36
4. Blues up and Down 8:50
5. Counter Clockwise 9:38



Tenor saxophonists Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt co-led a small group in 1950, and this follow-up, taped in the studio in 1961, finds the two picking up where they left off. The highlight of the date is the jointly written "Blues up and Down," a classic jam which has since inspired a number of other tenor match ups to record it, especially Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin. Ammons' repetitious one-note melody within "The One Before This," like Duke Ellington's deceptively simple two-note theme "C Jam Blues," leads to some inspired improvising by both men. Stitt switches to alto sax for a loping take of "There Is No Greater Love," during which Ammons' tenor provides the perfect foil. The rhythm section includes bassist Buster Williams, along with the somewhat obscure pianist John Houston and drummer George Brown. This rewarding date has become hard to find since this 1992 CD reissue lapsed from print.