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In his mid-seventies at the time of this record date, tenor saxophonist Houston Person shows no signs of slowing down; he's accompanied here by musicians who are, for the most part, at least a generation younger. Person's lush tone is a major part of the standards of the date, including a dreamy "I Cover the Waterfront" and a snappy "Moment to Moment." Person is so lyrical in "Don't Take Your Love from Me" one can easily imagine the late vocalist Etta Jones singing softly along with his horn. Trumpeter Terell Stafford proves to be an excellent foil for the veteran, especially in the driving setting of Person's hard bop vehicle "Bleeker Street," while his Louis Armstrong-accented playing in the laid-back blues "Back in New Orleans" nearly steals the show. While alto sax great Phil Woods is widely known for adding the trademark solo to the original version of rock pianist Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," Person offers a more breezy interpretation, sharing a delightful musical conversation with Stafford. The outstanding rhythm section includes previous collaborators such as pianist John Di Martino and bassist Ray Drummond, in addition to guitarist Randy Johnston and drummer Willie Jones III.


Born: November 10, 1934 in Florence, SC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the 1990s, Houston Person kept the soulful thick-toned tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, particularly in his work with organists. After learning piano as a youth, Person switched to tenor. While stationed in Germany with the Army, he played in groups that also included Eddie Harris, Lanny Morgan, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. Person picked up valuable experience as a member of Johnny Hammond's group (1963-1966) and became a bandleader in the following years, often working with singer Etta...
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Moment To Moment, Houston Person
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 06, 2010

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