- Released: September 29, 1998
- Label: Highnote
JazzTimes - 6/99, p.116
"...24-carat jazz all the way. Pop this into your player and cuddle up with your baby. S/he'll thank you for it."
- 1.But Beautiful
- 2.Blue Moon
- 4.The Very Thought of You
- 5.Mean to Me
- 6.My Romance
- 7.Stairway to the Stars
- 8.Love Is Here to Stay
- 9.Time After Time
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano); Ray Drummond (bass); Kenny Washington (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood, New Jersey on June 1, 1998. Includes liner notes by Owen Cordle.
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano); Kenny Washington (drums).
Liner Note Author: Owen Cordle.
Recording information: Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (06/01/1998); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (06/01/1998).
Photographer: Jimmy Bruch.
High Note Records, founded by the former owners of Muse Records, has retained some of the defunct label's more talented performers, one of them being Houston Person. Appearing as a leader, sideman, or guest on well over 100 recordings, Person uses his knowledge and experience to revisit nine very familiar standards with his big, full-bodied, soulful tenor saxophone. Although Person is the headliner on this set, pianist Richard Wyands gets a considerable amount of solo time. Wyands is right at home with Person, having been associated with a tenor saxman from the same school, if not the same class, as Person -- Gene Ammons. Wyands is awarded an especially long solo on "Mean to Me." Person's arrangements can be imaginative. The title tune, "My Romance," opens with Person's deep saxophone with just Kenny Washington's brushes behind him, seguing into a Ray Drummond bass solo. Everything on the album is understated, with most of the tunes delivered in a slow, deliberate tempo. There's an occasional nod to medium tempo, as on "Love Is Here to Stay." Given the very intimate nature of the session, this recording could easily have been of a live performance from a small, smoky lounge. All that's missing are the tinkling glasses in the background and the light, knowledgeable applause of jazz fans who've dropped by to enjoy an evening of good music played by top jazz musicians. Those who prefer a harsh, more cutting element to their music may find this album somewhat too slick for their tastes. This session is a reminder of the pleasures that the intimate side of jazz offers. ~ Dave Nathan