Boss Tenors in Orbit!

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Boss Tenors in Orbit!
Studio album by Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons
Released 1962
Recorded February 18, 1962
Genre Jazz
Length 57:14
Label Verve
Sonny Stitt chronology
Stitt Meets Brother Jack
Boss Tenors in Orbit!
Soul Summit
Gene Ammons chronology
Brother Jack Meets the Boss
Boss Tenors in Orbit!
Soul Summit

Boss Tenors in Orbit! is a 1962 studio album by American jazz tenor saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons.[1]


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album four and a half stars and said that "The soulful Ammons and the bop-oriented Stitt meshed well whether playing standards, jamming on familiar melodies, or in ballad form. While not an out-and-out knock-down, drag-out event like their other recordings, this is still one of too few magical efforts with Ammons and Stitt together. Those who crave the live cutting sessions that made jazz very exciting in the early '60s might also consider this tamer studio effort."[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Long Ago (and Far Away)" (Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern) - 6:17
  2. "Walkin'" (Jimmy Mundy) - 5:21
  3. "Why Was I Born?" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Kern) - 8:20
  4. "John Brown's Body" (Traditional) - 7:22
  5. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) - 9:58



  1. ^ a b c "Boss Tenors in Orbit!". Allmusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011.