Since Prestige Records took every opportunity to bring Gene Ammons into the recording studio in the early Sixties, the company was able to release a steady stream of new Ammons material during his years of incarceration on drug charges; and since Ammons was a masterful soloist in a variety of settings, many of the resulting albums gained added interest by mixing tracks featuring large and small ensembles. Late Hour Special is a case in point, combining four titles from a 1961 session where arranger Oliver Nelson extracted a surprisingly large sound out of a band of only six supporting horns and a quartet date from the following year with Ammons blowing alongside the underrated pianist Patti Bown. These two productive days in the studio resulted in a surplus of great music, and more titles from each session can be heard on the Ammons collection Soul Summit (Prestige 24118).
The Party's Over, I Want to Be Loved (But By Only You), Things Ain't What They Used To Be, Lascivious, Makin' Whoopee, Soft Winds, Lullaby of the Leaves
with Patti Bown, George Duvivier, Walter Perkins, Ray Barretto, Clark Terry, Hobart Dotson, Oliver Nelson, George Barrow, Red Holloway, Bob Ashton, Richard Wyands, Wendell Marshall, Bill English