Gene Ammons: Up Tight! - JazzWax

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March 09, 2011

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Doug Zielke

For a cat that faced a lot of hard time, Gene sounds remarkably buoyant and carefree on these dates. And what a tone!

Brian M. Bacchus

Uptight is one of my fav albums period. My father's copy was my introduction to Gene Ammons growing up and it was so beautiful that I gave it away out of love years later to Jean Philippe Allard because he had never heard it.

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