One Before This – Gene Ammons

This is an "It doesn't have to be hard to be good" classic. Check out the recordings: everyone is having a whole lot of fun. A simple, swinging riff song with rhythmic hits played by the whole band. Condensed scores and various parts are available for both two-horn and three-horn arrangements. The lead sheets are the 1st parts.

Gene Ammons

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...

11 songs available.