Houston PERSON – Legends Of Acid Jazz 1996

Houston PERSON – Legends Of Acid Jazz 1996
Recorded between 1967 and 1969.


Houston Person was among the guttiest of the gutbucket saxophonists of the soul-jazz golden age — for proof, look no further than Legends of Acid Jazz: Houston Person, which compiles two of the saxman’s most popular releases, Person to Person! and Houston Express (both originally released in 1970). Express featured the “funkmaster general” of the tenor saxophone with a tight, pocket-sized ensemble (including guitarist Grant Green and drummer Idris Muhammad), while, on Person!, his supporting ensemble expanded to include trumpet players Cecil Bridgewater and Thad Jones, guitarist Billy Butler and another kindred spirit and prince of funk on his instrument, Motown bassist Gerry Jemmott.
Legends of Acid Jazz: Houston Person provides a high-voltage cover version extravaganza, including “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People” (the Chi-Lites), “Close to You” (the Carpenters), “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yester-Day” (Stevie Wonder), “Young, Gifted and Black” (Aretha Franklin), “Just My Imagination” (the Temptations), and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which Person describes in his liner notes as the “black national anthem.” Person and friends turn every one of these, and others such as his own “Up at Joe’s, Down at Jim’s” and his trademark “The Houston Express” into stinging, swinging, original-sounding opuses of funk. By Chris Slawecki.
2 rare albums by Houston Person, issued together on one CD! Person to Person is a nicely stripped down session – a record that features tenorist Houston Person blowing with a group that includes Prestige masters like Virgil Jones on trumpet, Grant Green on guitar, Sonny Phillips on keyboards, and Idris Muhammad on drums! Jimmy Lewis plays a Fender bass in the group – which gives the tracks a nice round sound, and pushes the funk component a bit more than usual – and the album includes some nice groovers, like “Son Of Man” and “Up At Joe’s, Down At Joe’s”, plus some mellower, more soulful material. On Houston Express, Houston Person’s the main soloist in front of bigger backings – heard here in a style that’s a bit like some of the changes in funky jazz that were going on over at Kudu Records during the same time – a filling up of the background rhythms, but still with hip players overall – and plenty of room for the main soloist to do his thing! Horace Ott conducts the backings, and brings in a soulful undercurrent that almost gives a few of the sharper numbers a soundtrack feel. Titles include “The Houston Express”, “Young Gifted & Black”, “Give More Power To The People”, “Chains of Love”, and Enjoy.
From Dusty Groove.
Houston Person- (Tenor Sax);
Grant Green, Billy Butler- (Guitar);
Harold Vick- (Flute, Tenor Sax);
Babe Clark- (Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax);
Ernie Royal, Money Johnson, Thad Jones, Virgil Jones, Cecil Bridgewater- (Trumpet);
Garnett Brown, Jack Jeffers- (Trombone);
Paul Griffin (Piano, Electric Piano);
Sonny Phillips- (Electric Piano, Organ);
Jimmy Watson, Ernie Hayes- (Organ);
Jimmy Lewis & the Checkers- (Electric Bass);
Idris Muhammad, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie- (Drums);
Buddy Caldwell- (Congas).
01. Son Of Man 8:30
02. Tear Drops 4:37
03. Close To You 2:45
04. Drown In My Own Tears 3:18
05. Up At Joe’s, Down At Jim’s 8:50
06. Yester-me, Yester-You, Yesterday 5:18
07. Young, Gifted And Black 5:15
08. The Houston Express 5:48
09. Enjoy 4:55
10. Give More Power To The People (For God’s Sake) 3:40
11. Chains Of Love 7:30
12. Just My Imagination 4:05
13. Lift Every Voice And Sing 3:36

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