Houston Person
Live In Paris
HighNote, 2021


October 4, 2021

Live In Paris is Houston Person’s first live album.

Houston Person is an American saxophonist with a very long career, his first album as a leader came out in 1966. As a musician, he is particularly well known for his soul jazz aesthetic. Person’s recently released first live album was recorded for HighNote during the 2019 edition of the Festival à la Villette.

The line up also features Ben Paterson on organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Willie Jones, III on drums. The dominant sound is that of the Hammond, which heats up the performances. Some songs on the album such as “Sunny” and “Lester Leaps In” are not well known standards and were likely used for their melodic and harmonic characteristics.
 
The opening of “Sweet Sucker” is emblematic: a blues in Bb that is used to present the elements of the group with energetic solos. There is also a pulsating version of “Easy Walker”, led by the powerful swing of Jones. It was a concert that feels like a jam session in a smoky Harlem club!
 
Live In Paris is a well-played record, with a tasty retro flavor, which will please both fans of mainstream jazz and those who prefer contemporary trends but love, every now and then, to take a dip in the (glorious) past of a jazz that’s more linked to swing .
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