Houston Person The Truth!
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- Released: July 13, 1999
- Label: Prestige
- 1.Snake Eyes
- 2.Never Let Me Go
- 3.Groovin' And A-Groovin'
- 4.What A Diff'rence A Day Made
- 5.Soul Dance
- 6.Here's That Rainy Day
- 7.Teardrops From My Eyes
- 8.Blue 7
- 9.Cissy Strut
- 10.On The Avenue
- 13.For Your Love
This CD contains the albums SOUL DANCE! and TRUTH! with the exception of "If I Could Rule The World" from TRUTH! which was deleted for time considerations.
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Billy Gardner, Sonny Phillips (organ); Boogaloo Joe Jones, Billy Butler (guitar); Bob Bushnell (electric bass); Frankie Jones (drums); Bobby Caldwell (congas).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on November 18, 1968 and February 23, 1970. SOUL DANCE! originally released on Prestige (7621) in 1969; TRUTH! originally released on Prestige (7767) in 1970. Includes liner notes by Art Vincent and Tom Curry.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Boogaloo Joe Jones, Billy Butler (guitar); Sonny Phillips, Billy Gardner (organ); Bob Bushnell (electric bass, bass guitar); Frankie Jones (drums); Buddy Caldwell (congas).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Author: Tom Curry.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (02/23/1970); Nj (02/23/1970).
Photographer: Don Schlitten.
Released in 1999 for Fantasy's Legends of Acid Jazz series, this CD unites two of Houston Person's classic Prestige sessions, 1968's Soul Dance and 1970s Truth!, on a single 78-minute CD. Soul Dance is heard in its entirety, but because the CD didn't have enough room to hold everything from Truth!, the track "If I Ruled the World" ended up being sacrificed. The personnel on the sessions differs -- while Soul Dance employed organist Billy Gardner, guitarist Boogaloo Joe Jones, and drummer Frankie Jones, Truth! united Person with Frankie Jones, guitarist Billy Butler, electric bassist Bob Bushnell, and percussionist Buddy Caldwell. But the albums are fairly similar in their outlook. Both of them are quite accessible, and both emphasize Person's strong points: funky boogaloos, gritty blues, standards, and sentimental ballads. The tenor titan plays soulfully and authoritatively on material that ranges from "What A Diff'rence a Day Made" and "Here's That Rainy Day" to Horace Parlan's "Wadin," Sonny Rollins' "Blue 7," the Meters' "Cissy Strut" and the Ruth Brown hit "Teardrops from My Eyes." When these albums first came out, they received their share of negative reviews from jazz critics, who had little use for those who set out to fuse hard bop with soul and funk. But the fact remains: much of the music that Person recorded for Prestige was exciting and quite rewarding. Those who like their jazz with a heavy dose of R&B will find a lot to admire on this CD. ~ Alex Henderson
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