Gene Ammons - Nice An' Cool (NUMBER 0957)
Gene Ammons - Nice An' Cool (NUMBER 0957)
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Gene Ammons - Nice An' Cool (NUMBER 0957)
Gene Ammons - Nice An' Cool (NUMBER 0957)

Gene Ammons - Nice An' Cool (NUMBER 0957)

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Gene Ammons, tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Gene Ammons]

Richard Wyands, piano

Doug Watkins, bass [click here to see more vinyl featuring Doug Watkins]

J.C. Heard, drums

Written by Meredith Willson (A1), Fred Rauch (A2), Gerhard Winkler (A2), Ann Ronell (A3), Lorenz Hart (A4), Richard Rodgers (A4), Sammy Fain (B1), Herb Magidson (B1), Jack Yellen (B1), Oscar Hammerstein II (B3), Richard Rodgers (B2), Johnny Mercer (B3), Victor Schertzinger (B3), George & Ira Gershwin (B4)


1 LP,  standard sleeve

Limited numbered edition - NUMBER 0957

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label :  Moodsville

Recorded January 26, 1961 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder

Remastered by Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1961

Reissued in 2015


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Till There Was You
  2. Answer Me, My Love
  3. Willow Weep For Me
  4. Little Girl Blue

Side B:

  1. Something I Dreamed Last Night
  2. Something Wonderful
  3. I Remember You
  4. Someone To Watch Over Me


Reviews :

"A 1961 set of standards heavy on the ballads, Nice 'n Cool is prime Gene Ammons. In front of a sympathetic piano-bass-drums trio (Richard Wyands, Doug Watkins, and the great J.C. Heard, respectively), Ammons' brilliantly soulful tenor saxophone really stretches out on the familiar melodies, but the relatively concise arrangements (all of the eight tracks are between three and eight minutes, with most hovering around the five-minute mark) don't allow him to wander too far afield as he occasionally does on less structured sessions. Nice 'n Cool is first and foremost a mood album, with the unity of sound more important than the individual performances, but Ammons particularly shines on the extended opener, a tender, restrained version of The Music Man's "Til There Was You" that sidesteps the mawkishness of many interpretations in favor of a dignified grace. The backing trio is excellent throughout, although Wyands' too-brief solo passages do make the listener wish that the pianist had been given more of a chance to shine." AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason



AllMusic 4/5  ,  Discogs 4.73 / 5

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