Blue Ammons – Gene Ammons
A simple but very powerful medium-swing blues. A transcription of Gene's solo is available, with detailed dynamics and articulation for a close-up look at his signature style.
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- Recording: Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor
- Recorded on: June 16, 1960
- Label: Prestige (PRLP 7180)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Tenor Sax - Gene Ammons
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - Doug Watkins
- Drums - Art Taylor
- Congas - Ray Barretto
The recording also has an eight-measure intro, with a bass pedal figure accompanied only by hi-hat. Our audio excerpt starts with the bass pickup to the 7th measure of the intro.
For information on Gene's transcribed solo, click on Solos.
The overtones (low B♭ overblown an octave above) are indicated with circles above the note heads, and the tongue-muted notes have X-shaped note heads. The letter S below a note, which appears twice toward the end of the second chorus, signifies side D fingering. This transcription has detailed dynamics and articulations that really illustrate the subtleties of Gene Ammons' unique style. A few chord alterations and implied substitute changes are shown below the staff.
April 14, 1925 – July 23, 1974
Gene Ammons is the son of the great boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons. Born in Chicago, Gene studied music at Du Sable High School under Captain Walter Dyett. He left Chicago at 18 to tour with King Kolax. On September 5, 1944, at the age of 19, he made his first recording with Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra. The Eckstein band was truly legendary, with Dexter Gordon on tenor sax, Leo Parker on baritone, Dizzy Gillespie in the trumpet section, Art Blakey on drums, Tommy Potter on bass, Sarah Vaughan singing with the band, and Tadd Dameron as one of the arrangers. It was a hothouse of talent and creativity and an immense opportunity for the young Gene, whom Billy nicknamed “Jug” when the straw hats ordered for the band were too small for his head. Read more...