Jungle Strut – Gene Ammons
If you're looking for a funky groove piece, look no further than this Gene Ammons classic.
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- Recording: Gene Ammons - Brother Jug!
- Recorded on: November 11, 1969
- Label: Prestige (PR 7792)
- Concert Key: B-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Funky double-time-feel groove
- Tenor Sax - Gene Ammons
- Guitar - Billy Butler
- Organ - Sonny Phillips
- Bass - Bob Bushnell
- Drums - Bernard Purdie
Gene Ammons plays THE JUNGLE STRUT with his sextet in a newly-rediscovered TV show from the 1970s, produced by Dan Morgenstern, directed by Robert Kaiser. Gene's group includes Gene on tenor sax, King Kolax on trumpet, George Freeman on guitar, Wallace Burton on piano, Chester Williamson on bass, and Bob Guthrie on drums. Recorded for WTTW/Chicago in the 19702.
This title has also been recorded by Santana and other pop groups, as you can see from this iTunes list:
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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...