Velvet Soul

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Velvet Soul
Velvet Soul.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJune 17, 1960, June 13, 1961 and September 5, 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
PR 7320
ProducerEsmond Edwards
Gene Ammons chronology
Jug & Dodo
Velvet Soul
Angel Eyes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

Velvet Soul is an album by saxophonist Gene Ammons compiling sessions recorded between 1960 and 1962 and released on the Prestige label in 1964.[3]


Allmusic awarded the album 2½ stars with its review by Stewart Mason stating, "Released as Gene Ammons was starting a long prison sentence for possession of narcotics, Velvet Soul is a collection of Master takes pieced together from three different 1960-1962 sessions. As a result, it barely hangs together as an album".[1] In the CD era the tracks "Velvet Soul" and "In Sid's Thing" have been combined with four other tracks from that session which appear on the Angel Eyes album to form 40 minutes of the 80 minute CD The Gene Ammons Story: Organ Combos.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Mal Waldron except as indicated

  1. "Light'n Up" - 4:02
  2. "In Sid's Thing" (Gene Ammons) - 5:25
  3. "Salome's Tune" - 4:16
  4. "A Stranger in Town" (Mel Tormé) - 6:02
  5. "Velvet Soul" (Johnny "Hammond" Smith) - 8:54
  6. "The Song Is You" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 9:45
  • Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs New Jersey on June 17, 1960 (tracks 2 & 5), June 13, 1961 (track 6) and September 5, 1962 (tracks 1, 3 & 4)



  1. ^ a b Mason, S. Allmusic Review, accessed December 13, 2012
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 9. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Gene Ammons discography accessed December 13, 2012