Gene Ammons – Late Hour Special {Fantasy} ”Russian Print”

Gene Ammons – Late Hour Special {Fantasy} ”Russian Print”

Hard Bop, Soul, Tenor Saxophone

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Originally released by Prestige while tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons was serving a long prison sentence for possession of drugs (the label effectively kept Ammons’ name alive by regularly coming out with “new” material), this album was reissued on CD in 1997. The distinctive tenor is heard on three numbers with a quartet/quintet also including pianist Patti Bown, bassist George Duvivier, drummer Walter Perkins, and sometimes Ray Barretto on conga, and on four cuts as part of a ten-piece group arranged by Oliver Nelson.

Flugelhornist Clark Terry gets a couple of choruses on “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be,” and Bown has several solos, but Ammons is the main star throughout. In addition to performing his own “Lascivious” (a blues), he sticks to standards, infusing each tune with soul and swing. A fine outing, although with brief (35 & 1/2 minutes) playing time.

01. The Party’s Over (5:47)
02. I Want to Be Loved (But by Only You) (4:02)
03. Things ain’t what they Used to Be (4:32)
04. Lascivious (4:31)
05. Makin’ Whoopee (5:05)
06. Soft Winds (5:52)
07. Lullaby of the Leaves (5:35)

Gene Ammons – tenor saxophone with;

on #1, #4, #6;
Patti Bown – piano
George Duvivier – bass
Walter Perkins – drums
Ray Barretto – conga (#4 only)

on #2, #3, #5, #7;
Clark Terry, Hobart Dotson – trumpets
Oliver Nelson – alto saxophone
George Barrow, Red Holloway – tenor saxophones
Bob Ashton – baritone saxophone
Richard Wyands – piano
Wendell Marshall – bass
Bill English – drums

Arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson.

Supervision: Esmond Edwards

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ; June 13, 1961 (#2, #3, #5, #7),
and April 13, 1962 (other selections).

Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder.

Remastering, 1997 by Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Design: Don Schlitten

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