Richard Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin' with Jug - 180g Vinyl LP

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Gene "Jug" Ammons tended to be critical of organists; he was quoted as saying that "organ players don't know any changes." However, as critical as the Chicago tenor saxman might have been of organists — most of them, anyway — he did some of his best work in their presence. When Ammons was united with Jack McDuff, Johnny "Hammond" Smith and other B-3 masters in the '60s, the sparks would fly. They certainly fly on this excellent album, which finds Ammons and Richard "Groove" Holmes co-leading a soul-jazz/hard bop organ combo that also includes guitarist Gene Edwards and drummer Leroy Henderson.

The quartet is heard in two settings on August 15, 1961 — a Los Angeles studio in the afternoon, and several hours later at an L.A. club called the Black Orchid. Ammons and Holmes prove to be a strong combination in both settings, although their playing is somewhat looser at the Orchid, where the delights include some slow blues (Ammons' "Hittin' the Jug"), a smoky ballad ("Willow Weep for Me") and a lightning-fast barnburner (Ammons' "Juggin' Around"). It's obvious that Ammons and Holmes share a lot of common ground on Groovin' With Jug.

Side 1 recorded at the Black Orchid on August 15, 1961.
Side 2 recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios on August 15, 1961.

Re-mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray.


SKU 5060149620861
Barcode # 5060149620861
Brand Pacific Jazz / Pure Pleasure Records

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