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Pressed at Pallas in Germany!

Gene "Jug" Ammons tended to be critical of organists; he was quoted as saying that "organ players don't know any changes." However, as critical as the Chicago tenor saxman might have been of organists — most of them, anyway — he did some of his best work in their presence. When Ammons was united with Jack McDuff, Johnny "Hammond" Smith and other B-3 masters in the '60s, the sparks would fly. They certainly fly on this excellent album, which finds Ammons and Richard "Groove" Holmes co-leading a soul-jazz/hard bop organ combo that also includes guitarist Gene Edwards and drummer Leroy Henderson.

The quartet is heard in two settings on August 15, 1961 — a Los Angeles studio in the afternoon, and several hours later at an L.A. club called the Black Orchid. Ammons and Holmes prove to be a strong combination in both settings, although their playing is somewhat looser at the Orchid, where the delights include some slow blues (Ammons' "Hittin' the Jug"), a smoky ballad ("Willow Weep for Me") and a lightning-fast barnburner (Ammons' "Juggin' Around"). It's obvious that Ammons and Holmes share a lot of common ground on Groovin' With Jug.

Side 1 recorded at the Black Orchid on August 15, 1961.
Side 2 recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios on August 15, 1961.

Re-mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray.

• Limited Edition
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Audiophile Re-mastering
• 180g Vinyl

Richard "Groove" Holmes, organ
Gene Ammons, tenor sax
Gene Edwards, guitar
Leroy Henderson, drums

1. Good Vibrations
2. Willow Weep for Me
3. Juggin' Around
4. Groovin' With Jug
5. Morris the Minor
6. Hey You, What's That?