Personalities | Gene Ammons | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Tenor saxophone, 1925–74)
The son of pianist Albert Ammons, Gene was equally at home in jazz and R&B settings. He was a prolific recording artist and his hard-hitting, emotionally direct blowing in a blues and funk vein also featured in a popular two-tenor band, co-led by Sonny Stitt. His work in a soul-jazz idiom with organists such as Jack McDuff and Johnny Smith added to his popularity. He served a harsh prison sentence for marijuana possession from 1962–69, resuming his recording career upon his release.
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