The Art and Soul of Houston Person
Label: HighNote Records
This three-CD box set captures Houston Person's tasty, bluesy saxophone on interpretations of standards. Person could get soul-deep on ballads or swing material into the next year. The tunes are drawn from his tenure at High Note Records and capture the soul-jazz legend as he plays with such amazing, multi-generational musicians as Ron Carter, Bill Charlap, Grady Tate and Russell Malone. Person understands bop but his open-hearted style really recalls the great swing era saxophonists â especially Ben Webster. If you need any other reason to listen in, consider that Rudy Van Gelder recorded every cut.