Houston Person Person-Ified
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- Released: March 4, 1997
- Label: Highnote
JazzTimes - 8/97, p.102"...a supremely toneful, facile tenor man....there is really nothing to quibble with on this record. The warmth of this date will serve the listener well....Just sittin' and swingin', the essence of good jazz."
- 1.You're My Everything
- 2.I'll Never Stop Loving You
- 3.There's A Small Hotel
- 4.Stranger On The Shore
- 5.Isn't It Romantic?
- 6.Detour Ahead
- 7.Gentle Rain
- 8.In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
- 9.Blue Jug
- 10.May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano); Ray Drummond (bass); Kenny Washington (drums).
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano); Kenny Washington (drums).
Liner Note Author: Owen Cordle.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studio, Engelwood Cliffs, NJ (11/26/1996).
Photographer: R. Andrew Lepley.
Most of Houston Person's late-'90s albums are interchangeable collections of standards recorded with a small combo (the rhythm section led by either a piano or an organ, depending on Person's whim) and featuring Person's sterling tenor saxophone solos on top of a conservative backing. 1997's Person-ified is one of the string, but it's more interesting than some due to a slightly more adventurous taste in song selection. The track listing still leans heavily toward standards, but this time, Person has reached a bit deeper than usual into the great songbooks, coming up with somewhat less-obvious choices like "There's a Small Hotel," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and "I'll Never Stop Loving You," all of which are excellent. Even oddball choices like Mr. Acker Bilk's novelty trad jazz hit "Stranger on the Shore" and the gospel-tinged coda "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" sound great. His backing combo is fairly anonymous, but never simply dull, and even at that, it means that Person's remarkable, underrated tenor playing is always front and center. Not bad at all. ~ Stewart Mason
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