The Happy Blues

Gene Ammons

The Happy Blues
  • CAT # OJCCD-013-2

    1. The Happy Blues 11:53
    2. The Great Lie 8:18
    3. Can't We Be Friends 12:13
    4. Mad House 6:30

By the time of this date, Friday had become "session day" at Prestige. Bob Weinstock would put together all-star groups and they would jam on blues, standards, and originals based on standards, especially "I Got Rhythm." Ammons was a frequent participant during his time as a contracted Prestige artist. This spirited date was climaxed by the end of "Madhouse" ("What Is This Thing Called Love") when, after trading "fours" and "twos," Ammons, Art Farmer, and Jackie McLean "wail" (as they used to say back then) simultaneously for a chorus.

The Happy Blues, The Great Lie, Can't We Be Friends, Madhouse

with Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Duke Jordan, Addison Farmer, Candido, Arthur Taylor

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