Brasswind – Gene Ammons
This song combines funk, stop-time and swing to unite Gene's blues and bebop bags in one place. It was recorded on his second to last album.
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- Recording: Gene Ammons - Brasswind
- Recorded on: October 30, 1973
- Label: Prestige (P10080)
- Concert Key: C minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Funky swing
- Trumpet - Snooky Young, Allen DeRienzo
- Trombone - George Bohanon
- Tenor Sax - Gene Ammons
- Saxes, Alto Flute - Bill Green, Jay Migliori, Jim Horn
- Guitar - Michael Howell, Don Peake
- Electric Piano - George Duke
- Bass - Carol Kaye
- Drums - John Guerin
- Congas - Kenneth Nash
Solos are on the same 40-measure form, with the funk groove replacing the stop-time sections. On the recording the out head is taken from the bridge, but you can also take the head out from A.
Our lead sheets show the top line of the piano voicings in the intro, which vamps the same funk groove. The coda also vamps and fades out, but on Cm7 only without the D♭maj7. On the recording, the tenor sax and piano solos use a 4-feel throughout, but the guitar solo chorus which follows has the funky half-time groove on the whole chorus.
The instrumentation of this recording is not completely clear. On this album, Bill Green and Jay Migliori are credited as both playing alto sax, flute, and alto flute, with Jim Horn on baritone sax, flute, and alto flute. However, aural evidence suggests the presence of a tenor sax in the backing horn section on this song, more likely played by Green or Migliori than Ammons. It is not known which of these saxophonists plays the alto flute solo or interlude on the last eight measures of the guitar solo chorus.
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...