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Regular host of the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scott's, Brandon Allen brings his new Gene Ammons Project to the bar. Ammons was one of the founders of the Chicago style of tenor saxophone playing but was often in the shadow of his tenor-playing contemporaries, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, and Sonny Stitt. Despite this he forged a lasting partnership with Stitt, recording some classic tenor battles in the 1950s.
While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons more than Young, Webster or Parker, stayed in touch with the commercial blues and R&B of his day. This project focuses on music spanning Gene Ammons' entire career, from 1943 to 1974, including tunes written by him and songs that he recorded.
Read more about the project here: https://brandonallen.co.uk/gene-ammons-project