Personnel includes: Houston Person, Babe Clark, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Butler, Ernie Hayes, Gerry Jemmott, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Caldwell.
Recorded in April 1971.
Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Ponder, Billy Butler (guitar); Babe Clarke (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Victor Paz, Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet); Hank Jones (electric piano); Ernie Hayes (organ); Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums); Buddy Caldwell (congas); Nicky Marrero (timbales); Jerry Gonzalez (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Frank Rinella.
Liner Note Author: Bob Porter.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/09/1971-01/12/1973).
Arranger: Horace Ott.
All of the music on this 1997 CD was previously unreleased. Eight of the nine selections date from 1973 and match the great soul-jazz tenor Houston Person with a Latin-oriented band that also includes trumpeter Victor Paz, Hank Jones (on electric piano), guitarist Jimmy Ponder, bassist Andy Gonzalez, an unidentified drummer, percussionist Jerry Gonzalez and Nicky Marrero on timbales. Although there are dated aspects to the music, Person fares well. The other selection is from 1971, a funky number with a medium-size group that includes organist Ernie Hayes. Overall, a worthwhile set, if not essential. ~ Scott Yanow