JazzTimes - 6/03, pp.120-1
"...It's an increasingly rare pleasure to hear a sensitive player like Houston Person pay respect to great melodies, rendering them essentially as written..."
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Richard Wyands (piano); Russell Malone (guitar); Peter Washington (bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on May 22, 2002. Includes liner notes by Joan Merrill.
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Russell Malone (guitar); Richard Wyands (piano); Grady Tate (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (05/22/2002).
Photographer: William Rivelli.
As the 21st century began, Houston Person was one of the last in a tradition of tough-toned but warm tenors able to straddle the boundaries between soul-jazz, hard bop, and soulful R&B. An expert at caressing and uplifting melodies, Person plays in the tradition of Gene Ammons. Person is in excellent form throughout this quartet/quintet date with pianist Richard Wyands, bassist Peter Washington, drummer Grady Tate, and, on four of the nine selections, guitarist Russell Malone. In fact, the combination of Person and Malone works so well that hopefully someday they will record a full album together. All of the tunes are veteran standards, with Person particularly digging into "A Sunday Kind of Love," "It Had to Be You," "Black Velvet," and "Canadian Sunset." Houston Person has recorded many fine albums for High Note and its predecessor, Muse, through the years. Sentimental Journey is a strong example of his talents. ~ Scott Yanow