Full performer name: Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt/Jack McDuff.
2 LPs on 1 CD.
Personnel: Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Sonny Stitt (saxophone); Jack McDuff (organ); Charlie Persip, Clark Terry, Hobart Dotson, Oliver Nelson, Red Holloway, George Barrow, Bob Ashton, Richard Wyands, Wendell Marshall, Bill English, Ray Barretto, George Duvivier, Walter Perkins, Patty Brown, Etta Jones, Harold Vick, Eddie Diehl, Joe Dukes.
Recorded in June 1961 & April 1962.
The two early-'60s LPs in the Soul Summit series featured some of the many collaborations of tenors Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, who are joined by organist Jack McDuff and drummer Charlie Persip. Their six performances are primarily riff tunes, with "When You Wish Upon a Star" taken at a medium pace and "Out in the Cold Again" the lone ballad. The second half of this CD, which features both volumes, features Ammons on two songs ("Love, I've Found You" and a swinging "Too Marvelous for Words") with a big band arranged by Oliver Nelson, jamming "Ballad for Baby" with a quintet, sitting out "Scram" (which stars McDuff and the tenor of Harold Vick), and backing singer Etta Jones on three numbers, of which "Cool, Cool Daddy" is the most memorable. Overall, this is an interesting and consistently swinging set that adds to the large quantity of recordings that the great Ammons did during the early '60s. ~ Scott Yanow