HOUSTON PERSON, NICE 'N' EASY


Saxophonist Houston Person has one of the most dependable track records in jazz. A stout traditionalist who has produced and arranged a long list of solo recordings, many for his current label, High Note, Person is a tenor player in the mode of Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine, a musician whose style and irresistible honeyed tone epitomizes jazz for many listeners. Person’s album is inspired by Frank Sinatra’s original classic Nice ‘n’ Easy from 1960, right down to the pop-colored graphics, yet it’s set apart by a selection of songs that suits Person’s breezy, soulful inclinations. Sophisticated swing with a beat, a melody and expressive accompaniment is what Person is all about. Louis Armstrong’s “Someday You’ll Be Sorry,” along with songbook standards “All My Tomorrows” and “Let’s Fall In Love” are perfectly suited to Person’s graceful and lyrical style. Supporting the saxophonist is Houston’s familiar sidemen – the melodic pianist John diMartino, classic jazz bassist Ray Drummond and beats master Lewis Nash. A refreshing addition to the date, vibraphonist Chuck Redd provides the set list with sparkling harmonic textures. (10 tracks; 56 minutes)

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JAZZ IN SPACE: HOUSTON PERSON, NICE 'N' EASY

Thursday, December 5, 2013

HOUSTON PERSON, NICE 'N' EASY


Saxophonist Houston Person has one of the most dependable track records in jazz. A stout traditionalist who has produced and arranged a long list of solo recordings, many for his current label, High Note, Person is a tenor player in the mode of Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine, a musician whose style and irresistible honeyed tone epitomizes jazz for many listeners. Person’s album is inspired by Frank Sinatra’s original classic Nice ‘n’ Easy from 1960, right down to the pop-colored graphics, yet it’s set apart by a selection of songs that suits Person’s breezy, soulful inclinations. Sophisticated swing with a beat, a melody and expressive accompaniment is what Person is all about. Louis Armstrong’s “Someday You’ll Be Sorry,” along with songbook standards “All My Tomorrows” and “Let’s Fall In Love” are perfectly suited to Person’s graceful and lyrical style. Supporting the saxophonist is Houston’s familiar sidemen – the melodic pianist John diMartino, classic jazz bassist Ray Drummond and beats master Lewis Nash. A refreshing addition to the date, vibraphonist Chuck Redd provides the set list with sparkling harmonic textures. (10 tracks; 56 minutes)

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