Metalhead here. I had some brush with Coltrane and some free jazz through my contacts in the metal world [some tremendously refined jazz heads there, you guys might be surprised to know - but none recommended Ammons!]. Honestly it never clicked with me. Being a guitarist in a fairly advanced stage of ability , I never dug the mindless shred in metal/rock and probably the reason I never got into - pi-pi-poop -as I call it- jazz of Ornette Coleman and wilder side of coltrane etc. Sure I loved Naeema. But too much bop [ is that what the pi=pi=poop is called, right?] in between phrases distract me and that was that. Then suddenly one day I bumped into tenor sax vids and stumbled upon My Romance - the Boss Tenor version. Hooked. Lock , stock and two smoking barrels. I am hopefully more aware about the -soul- jazz thing now. Went through the Coleman Hawkins/Parker/Stitt lots of reccos. But in my book nothing touches Ammons. I rarely see him on any lists of great Jazz Sax maestros or forum reccos. I am flummoxed why that is the case. He is Gary Moore of the Jazz world. I bought a tenor sax and will start learning soon!
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