Mix hydrogen and oxygen and you have the recipe for water. Mix flour and water and you have a recipe for biscuits. Mix tenor man Houston Person and vibist Steve Nelson and you have a recipe for one great jazz CD. The Guardian has called Houston Person, "an eloquent messenger from a jazz era rooted in traditional blues, black church music, Broadway love songs and the impersonation, by sax, of a singer's tone palette," while Nate Chinen in the New York Times has singled out Nelson's "harmonic sumptuousness, jangly clusters," and "effervescent artistry." Together they explore the nooks and crannies of ten standards, some familiar, some obscure, with the Rudy Van Gelder sonics yielding up every nuance and inflection of the players. With long-time associates Ray Drummond and Lewis Nash and Lafayette Harris occupying the piano bench on this outing, you can prepare yourself for an hour of superb musicianship, beautiful tone color and no shortage of imaginative improvising.
HOUSTON PERSON, tenor saxophone
WITH: Steve Nelson, vibraphone • Lafayette Harris, piano • Ray Drummond, bass • Lewis Nash, drums
TRACKS: My Funny Valentine • Gone Again • You're Nearer • Minton's • Bewitched • Only Trust Your Heart • They All Laughed • Try a Little Tenderness • The Song Has Ended • You Can't Lose With the Blues
TT = 56:58
My Funny Valentine
Only Trust Your Heart
They All Laughed