A jazz cut to download: "Hittin' the Jug" by Gene Ammons, a rich, slow, bluesy rainy-day number that shows off Ammons' famous burnished tone. Two of the three places on iTunes this cut is listed are marked "View," for "view album" or "album only," meaning you can only get the cut if you buy the whole album. But if you search under the song name, or go to the album called "Blue Ammons," you can buy the eight-and-a-half minute piece for 99¢. Try it, see if you like it.
If you want an album around it, I suggest "Boss Tenor," a quintet session from 1960 and probably the best Gene Ammons album. Which is saying something.
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, and part of the Prestige 50th Anniversary Commemorative series.
...By the way, April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
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Featured Comment by Anthony Miller: "Great track—excellent intro and comping from Tommy Flanagan on piano. Looking forward to 'Jazz Appreciation Month.'"
Mike replies: The intro was the reason I chose it—Jug's entrance is a nice moment I never get tired of. And Tommy Flanagan is underrated, isn't he?
Featured Comment by Will Whitaker: "Ammons sure got a large format sound out of a medium format instrument."