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Gene 'Jug' Ammons
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Jug and Little Girl Blue


NPR.org, February 20, 2008 - When Albert Ayler informed a critic that his music was more about feelings than about notes, he could also have been describing the immense yet undersung legacy of fellow tenor saxophonist Gene "Jug" Ammons.

A Chicago native, Ammons had an ability to infuse originals and standards with preachy yet elegant clouds of sound. His contributions to what became known as "soul jazz" were ignored by critics. But his abilities earned him the respect of jazz and R&B lovers, as well as innovative bandleaders such as Billy Eckstine and Woody Herman, who both had the vision to hire Ammons in the late 1940s.

The Jazz Mix Changes from Blue to Green.

PLAY DATE : Sun, 04/06/2008        
9:00 PM Horace Silver   The Natives Are Restless Tonight Blue Note 99002
9:07 PM Stan Getz   S-H-I-N-E verve 543601
9:16 PM Sarah Vaughan   He's My Guy verve 543305
9:20 PM Chet Baker   I'm Glad There's You Pacific Ja 28262
9:23 PM Heath Brothers   Nostalgia Concord 4777
9:32 PM Nina Simone   Little Girl Blue Metro 10
9:37 PM Count Basie   Blues Backstage verve 589637
9:41 PM Miles Davis   Blue in Green CBS/Sony 64935
9:47 PM Bill Evans   On Green Dolphin Street Milestone 9235
9:56 PM Billie Holiday   I Cried For You verve 849434

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