Groovin' with Jug

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Groovin' with Jug
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Live album by Richard Holmes and Gene Ammons
Released 1961
Recorded August 15, 1961
The Black Orchid, Los Angeles, California
Genre Jazz
Length 54:32
Label Pacific Jazz
PJ 32
Producer Richard Bock
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Down Beat2.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

Groovin' with Jug is a live album (with three tracks recorded in the studio) by organist Richard Holmes and saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1961 and released on the Pacific Jazz label.[4]


The Allmusic review called it an "excellent album, which finds Ammons and Richard "Groove" Holmes co-leading a soul-jazz/hard bop organ combo... three of the eight selections were produced by Richard Bock in a Los Angeles studio in the afternoon, while the other five were recorded several hours later 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".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gene Ammons except as indicated

  1. "Good Vibrations" (Art Farmer) - 8:38
  2. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronell) - 7:04
  3. "Juggin' Around" (Frank Foster) - 3:20
  4. "Hittin' the Jug" - 7:20 Bonus track on CD reissue
  5. "Exactly Like You" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) - 9:05 Bonus track on CD reissue
  6. "Groovin' With Jug" - 4:19
  7. "Morris the Minor" (Richard Holmes) - 7:53
  8. "Hey You, What's That?" - 6:53
  • Recorded in studio on the afternoon of August 15, 1961 (tracks 6-8) and at The Black Orchid on the evening of August 15, 1961 (tracks 1-5)



  1. ^ a b Henderson, A. Allmusic Review accessed December 10, 2012
  2. ^ Down Beat: December 21, 1961 Vol. 28, No. 26
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 105. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Gene Ammons discography accessed December 10, 2012