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Houston PERSON – Legends Of Acid Jazz 1996

Posted in Houston PERSON, JAZZ on December 17, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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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Houston PERSON With Ron CARTER – Just Between Friends 2005

Posted in Houston PERSON, JAZZ, Ron CARTER on December 3, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Houston PERSON With Ron CARTER – Just Between Friends 2005


Just Between Friends, bassist Ron Carter and tenor saxophonist Houston Person’s first studio duo encounter since Dialogues in 2002, boasts a spot-on album title. A palpable sense of intimacy, ease and near-telepathic intuition practically radiates from the disc.

A comfort zone is established by way of standards, tunes like “Lover Man,” “Alone Together” and “You’ve Changed,” that both men may have played an infinite number of times throughout their careers. But in the hands of two great instrumentalists, a perfectly constructed song, no matter its age, holds the same appeal as a favored meal. Taking their time, savoring sturdy melodies and ingenious changes, allowing the sheer beauty of their respective tones to score major points, letting offhand virtuosity speak for itself, this duo practically luxuriates in generous music-making.

A swing-to-bop stylist now in the golden age of his artistic maturity, Person couldn’t sound more relaxed, more willing to impart emotion through the warmth of his sound and the judicious construction of a perfectly devised phrase. Carter, for his part, carries the load of rhythm, harmony and unaccompanied soloist with a grace that will only surprise those that haven’t thrilled to the best of his five-decades-long work.

Old-school Carter fans will also rejoice at the unadorned richness of his recorded tone. Engineer Rudy Van Gelder has expertly captured the oaken depth of Carter’s instrument, set free from the oppressive amplification that can make this masterful player sound as if he’s attacking a set of uniformly tuned rubber bands.
By Steve Futterman.
In the 1990s, Houston Person kept the soulful thick-toned tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, particularly in his work with organists. After learning piano as a youth, Person switched to tenor. While stationed in Germany with the Army, he played in groups that also included Eddie Harris, Lanny Morgan, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. Person picked up valuable experience as a member of Johnny Hammond’s group (1963-1966) and has been a bandleader ever since, often working with singer Etta Jones. A duo recording with Ran Blake was a nice change of pace, but most of Houston Person’s playing has been done in blues-oriented organ groups. He has recorded a consistently excellent series of albums for Muse, eventually switching to HighNote Records for 2006’s You Taught My Heart to Sing, 2007’s Thinking of You, and 2008’s Just Between Friends, which featured bassist Ron Carter.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
01. How Deep Is The Ocean (I.Berlin) 5:04
02. You’ve Changed (Carey-Fisher) 5:09
03. Blueberry Hill (Lewis-Rose-Stock) 5:51
04. Darn That Dream (De Lange-Van Heusen) 6:23
05. Meditation (Jobim-Gimbel-Mendonca) 5:23
06. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?) (Davis-Ramirez-Sherman) 5:20
07. Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg-Hammerstein) 4:23
08. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 4:12
09. Always (I.Berlin) 5:58
10. Alone Together (Dietz-Schwartz) 5:43

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