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The Art & Soul of Houston Person is a unique compilation. The great saxophonist has recorded as a leader for labels such as Prestige, 20th Century, Muse, Savant, and is currently with High Note, where this appears. His tenure at Prestige is the only one longer than this one. As such, this massive, three-disc collection is drawn from a dozen High Note albums cut in as many years. The unifying factor in these cuts is that they were not chosen randomly to include simply stellar performances, but from his wide-ranging interpretations on standards; in addition, they were all recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at his studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. There are 30 performances in all, including four that open disc one which are all new takes on tunes he'd tracked previously, but this time out with his current quartet of pianist John di Martino, bassist Jon Burr, and drummer Jerome Jennings. Some of the other players on this comp include pianists Bill Charlap, Stan Hope, and Richard Wyands, bassists Ray Drummond, Ron Carter, Per-Ola Gadd, Peter Washington, and George Kaye, drummers Grady Tate, Chip White, and Kenny Washington, and guitarists Russell Malone and Paul Bollenback. The readings of these tunes make for a very unified collection because no matter who the personnel are and what gifts they bring to the table, Person has a way of playing songs that not only retain their melody, but their melodic integrity; his is simply not interested in employing them as frameworks for showboat improvisation. His own inventiveness is in how warm and dignified a melodist he is. He sings through the horn with the emotional commitment of Ben Webster, the soul of Gene Ammons, and the studied elegance of Paul Quinichette and Frank Wess. Listeners will have a great time picking their favorites out of this morass of excellent material, but it is safe to say that Person makes virtually all of it compelling -- there isn't a dull second here. Whether it's "Sentimental Journey,"and "All The Things You Are," or "Blue Moon" and "Mack the Knife," these sides are drenched in classy sophistication and down-home soul. Highly recommended. ~ Thom Jurek

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DISC 1

1
You Do Something to Me 00:04:51

C. Porter, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

2
I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance 00:06:53

V. Young, Composer - N. Washington, Composer - B. Crosby, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

3
You're a Sweetheart 00:03:54

J. McHugh, Composer - H. Adamson, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

4
Maybe You'll Be There 00:06:49

R. Bloom, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist - S. Gallop, Composer

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

5
All the Things You Are 00:04:56

J. Kern, Composer - O. Hammerstein Ii, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

6
You're My Everything 00:05:28

M. Dixon, Composer - H. Warren, Composer - J. Young, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

7
Skylark 00:05:39

J. MERCER, Composer - H. Carmichael, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

8
I Only Have Eyes for You 00:04:36

H. Warren, Composer - A. Dubin, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

9
Everything I Have Is Yours 00:05:35

B. LANE, Composer - H. Adamson, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

10
Wonder Why 00:04:05

N. Brodszky, Composer - S. Cahn, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me 00:05:50

E.K. Ellington, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

2
Here's That Rainy Day 00:05:05

J. BURKE, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist - J. Van Heusen, Composer

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

3
Isn't It Romantic 00:04:15

R. RODGERS, Composer - L. HART, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

4
Fools Rush In 00:05:48

J. MERCER, Composer - R. Bloom, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

5
It Had to Be You 00:06:36

G. KAHN, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist - I. Jones, Composer

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

6
But Beautiful 00:06:13

J. BURKE, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist - J. Van Heusen, Composer

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

7
For All We Know 00:05:59

J.F. Coots, Composer - S.M. Lewis, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

8
Blue Moon 00:05:48

R. RODGERS, Composer - L. HART, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

9
Bewitched 00:04:42

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

10
Don't Get Around Much Anymore 00:04:13

E. Ellington, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Sentimental Journey 00:06:07

L. Brown, Composer - B. Green, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist - B. Homer, Composer

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

2
Where Are You? 00:05:09

J. McHugh, Composer - H. Adamson, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

3
There's a Small Hotel 00:04:32

R. RODGERS, Composer - L. HART, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

4
Tenderly 00:06:42

J. Lawrence, Composer - W. Gross, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

5
Be My Love 00:06:06

N. Brodszky, Composer - S. Cahn, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

6
It Might as Well Be Spring 00:06:08

O. Hammerstein Ii, Composer - R. RODGERS, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

7
My Funny Valentine 00:05:05

R. RODGERS, Composer - L. HART, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

8
Gentle Rain 00:06:27

Houston Person, MainArtist - A. Belling, Composer

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

9
Mack the Knife 00:04:04

K. Weill, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

10
The Very Thought of You 00:04:56

R. Noble, Composer - Houston Person, MainArtist

HighNote Records, Inc. HighNote Records, Inc.

Album Description

The Art & Soul of Houston Person is a unique compilation. The great saxophonist has recorded as a leader for labels such as Prestige, 20th Century, Muse, Savant, and is currently with High Note, where this appears. His tenure at Prestige is the only one longer than this one. As such, this massive, three-disc collection is drawn from a dozen High Note albums cut in as many years. The unifying factor in these cuts is that they were not chosen randomly to include simply stellar performances, but from his wide-ranging interpretations on standards; in addition, they were all recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at his studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. There are 30 performances in all, including four that open disc one which are all new takes on tunes he'd tracked previously, but this time out with his current quartet of pianist John di Martino, bassist Jon Burr, and drummer Jerome Jennings. Some of the other players on this comp include pianists Bill Charlap, Stan Hope, and Richard Wyands, bassists Ray Drummond, Ron Carter, Per-Ola Gadd, Peter Washington, and George Kaye, drummers Grady Tate, Chip White, and Kenny Washington, and guitarists Russell Malone and Paul Bollenback. The readings of these tunes make for a very unified collection because no matter who the personnel are and what gifts they bring to the table, Person has a way of playing songs that not only retain their melody, but their melodic integrity; his is simply not interested in employing them as frameworks for showboat improvisation. His own inventiveness is in how warm and dignified a melodist he is. He sings through the horn with the emotional commitment of Ben Webster, the soul of Gene Ammons, and the studied elegance of Paul Quinichette and Frank Wess. Listeners will have a great time picking their favorites out of this morass of excellent material, but it is safe to say that Person makes virtually all of it compelling -- there isn't a dull second here. Whether it's "Sentimental Journey,"and "All The Things You Are," or "Blue Moon" and "Mack the Knife," these sides are drenched in classy sophistication and down-home soul. Highly recommended. ~ Thom Jurek

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